Landscaping a garden bed from printer cartridges
Close the Loop is Australia’s biggest resource recovery and recycling company for printing consumables and the resource recovery partner for 'Cartridges for Planet Ark and the participating manufacturers, Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera. It is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to- landfill and in 2016 was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame which celebrates excellence in manufacturing.
eWood®, TonerPave®, TonersealTM and engineered products like pens and flexographic ink are some of the innovative product developments by Close the Loop that allow the recycled ink cartridges, toner cartridges, toner bottles and other print consumables to find new life.
eWood Gardens (now owned by Newtecpoly) is a functional and sustainable replacement material for timber, concrete, brick and steel which can be used for garden beds, flooring and more. A single tiered eWood raised garden bed contains approximately 100 recycled printer cartridges. This year so far eWood Gardens have purchased around 10 tonnes of recycled printer cartridge material from Close the Loop for eWood production.
TonerPave is a low-carbon road surface produced by Close the Loop in partnership with Downer EDI. It is 40% more energy efficient compared to the manufacture of standard bitumen and performs better with less rutting and cracking. It is used by around twenty councils Australia wide and the list is growing. Around 1,000 kms of Australian roads have already been surfaced with TonerPave and Tonerseal, the new spray seal binder for roads made from 20% recycled waste toner and used tyre rubber.