Office equipment vendor Ricoh has launched an Australia-wide plastic recycling program to turn used toner cartridges into park benches for schools.
Other transformations under consideration for the office-disposable plastics include rulers and safety surfacing chips for playgrounds, but the vendor eventually wants to recycle its used goods into new copiers and fax machines.
Ricoh recycled more than 3,200 toner cartridges and bottles during a six-month trial and donated three benches to educational institutions. It will aim to increase its number of recycled products to 21,000 next year.
“We hope the success of this initiative will alert other manufacturers and users of toner cartridges to the benefits of recycling,” said Nigel Shepherd, managing director of Ricoh Australia.
A number of Commonwealth Bank branches took part in the trial, providing 1,000kgs of cartridges and bottles.