According to new research from Pollinate 74 per cent of Australians think that manufacturers should take more responsibility in managing their products’ end of life.
These findings, commissioned by Planet Ark, found that community appetites for policy solutions to plastic waste are growing.
The research explained that 14 per cent opposed tax incentives for product manufacturers who use recycled plastic, and surprisingly only 20 per cent disagreed with a proposal to introduce a levy on plastic products to reduce consumption.
These findings come at a time where Planet Ark, in collaboration with Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA), is introducing new initiatives to reduce plastic waste.
Planet Ark has reportedly pledged to donate one cent per printer cartridge dropped off by Australians during the month of May to support SFA’s efforts in keeping the country’s oceans and beaches clean.
SFA recently launched its Ocean Friendly campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of single-use plastic used by businesses throughout Australia’s extensive coastline communities.
Planet Ark recycling campaign manager, Claire Bell, said that it was only natural that the two work together on reducing plastic waste.
“Cartridges 4 Planet Ark has helped to ensure plastic and other valuable materials are reused instead of being sent to landfill for over 16 years. We felt it was high time we recognised the efforts of other not-for-profits doing their part to keep plastic out of the environment,” said Bell.
SFA national chairperson, Susie Crick, said it’s important to rethink people’s dependence on plastic. “We all live downstream, so any waste that we capture on land will ensure a healthier and cleaner ocean,” Crick explained.
The Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program is backed by printer companies Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera.
So far, Australians have returned more than 41 million cartridges – enough to fill 82 Olympic swimming pools, according to Planet Ark.
The company explained that these have been turned into a range of products, with the help of the program’s resource recovery partner Close the Loop, including Enviroliner pens, eWood garden beds and Tonerplas road surfaces.