After a successful TonerPave presentation at the SMEC Asset Management conference earlier this year, a meeting of local council representatives was organised to discuss the opportunities of TonerPave in their councils.

The SMEC conference paper presented by David Fricke from Hume City Council, Steve Morriss from Close the Loop and Ross Ioakim from Downer, “went over so well” that site tours of Close the Loop and Downer, the two halves of the TonerPave joint venture, were organised for the councils.


 The day began with a visit to a TonerPave road in Hume.

To begin the tours, the council representatives were taken to see a newly paved TonerPave road, just 500 meters from the Hume City Council office. Hume City Council has said that as one of the first councils to utilise TonerPave, “[we feel that we have] made a significant contribution to ensuring that there is a productive use for the toner cartridges collected in our municipality.”

George Hatzimanolis from Downer presented the road to the council representatives and discussed the positive traits and benefits of TonerPave. The new asphalt product has enhanced performance properties, as well as being more cost effective than standard asphalt. But the greatest benefit of all is the environmental benefit. Hatzimanolis described TonerPave as “our long flat black quarry.” Instead of utilising deep finite quarries which will one day run out of resources, TonerPave has an infinite future of use, recycle and reuse.

The council representatives then visited Close the Loop’s Somerton factory, where the cartridges used to create Modified Toner Polymer (MTP) and eventually TonerPave, are collected and broken down.

Sam Jones, Close the Loop’s Operations, Sales and Business Analyst said “today was a great opportunity for Close the Loop to showcase our complete end-to-end process from cartridge to TonerPave.” She gave a special thank you to Monash City Council, for returning the highest number of cartridges to Close the Loop of all the councils in attendance. The Monash City Council employees have returned a fantastic 797 kilograms of cartridges. Jones said she hopes all those who attended “will never look at a simple toner cartridge the same way again.”


        Council reps check out some of Close the Loop’s other recycled products.