GREATER Dandenong residents are helping to save the planet, one printer cartridge at a time.
A new Melbourne-designed asphalt product made with used toner powder extracted from recycled toner cartridges is being used to surface roads in the city.
Greater Dandenong residents and businesses have recycled almost 156,000 printer cartridges since the program began in 2003.
Printer cartridges that end up in landfill can take between 450 to 1000 years to break down.
But the TonerPave asphalt invention, created by Close the Loop and Downer EDI Limited, shreds recycled cartridges to separate raw materials for reuse.
“Not only will it reduce our carbon footprint, but it also preserves natural resources, things like bitumen that we don’t have to dig up because we’re using recycled product,” Downer corporate affairs manager Sonja Stockton said.
Greater Dandenong Greens councillor Matthew Kirwan said the initiative was a positive for the city.
“It’s great to hear that we are using such products in Greater Dandenong, keeping the printer cartridges out of landfill and therefore both reducing our landfill costs and reducing our carbon emissions,” he said.
Roads to be recently paved with TonerPave include Benga Ave, Dandenong, Rylands Rd, Dandenong, and Marshall St, Noble Park.