Recycling initiative for printer cartridges and electronic waste

BlueScope is committed to the efficient use of resources, preventing pollution, and reducing the environmental impact of its operations and products. We are continuously looking to reduce, reuse and recycle where we can. Recently a project was initiated to determine how we can recycle our printer cartridges and electronic waste without sending any waste to landfill.

A company called ‘Close the Loop Recycling’ was engaged to offer a complete recycling service for all printer cartridges. Within 5 months of this recycling service being in operation, over 1 tonne of cartridges had been recycled from the BlueScope Illawarra sites.

Similarly, a local company called Renewable Recyclers is currently engaged to recycle electronic wastes from across the site. Such wastes include computers, televisions, phones, cables etc. Large items that don’t meet the requirement for refurbishment are manually dismantled and separated into as many as 20 categories of materials and components including: power supply units, metal, plastic, cathode ray tubes and circuit boards. Parts that can be re-used or sold are saved as spare parts.