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Reducing product environmental impact

In the last 12 months, Officeworks collected more than one million printer cartridges for recycling through the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program.

In addition, more than 400 tonnes of computers and accessories and the equivalent weight of over 45,000 mobile phones were collected. The 400 tonnes of computers and accessories translates to the separation and reuse of over 345 tonnes of metal, 44 tonnes of plastic, 20 tonnes of circuit boards and six tonnes of glass.

Officeworks has also worked collaboratively with suppliers to integrate a printer cartridge recycling message onto value-pack packaging and reducing packaging volume by more than 35 per cent. 

The Australian recycling label was applied to over 800 products to make it easier for customers to recycle product packaging.

During the year, Officeworks developed and launched the Restoring Australia initiative. The core premise of this initiative is to plant two trees for every one used, based on the weight of paper and wood used in the office supplies products by Officeworks’ customers. The goal is to restore damaged parts of the Australian landscape for a variety of reasons, including the reversal of the decline in the number of threatened species.