COFFS Coast residents have been named one of the best recyclers in the State, after they recycled more than 2000 printer, fax and copier cartridges through the Planet Ark program in the past year.
Coffs Harbour PostShop manager Neale Parmenter said on average they receive around 40 cartridges from locals every week.
“We recycle better than most. A lot of our customers recognise the imoprtance of recycling and have a strong desire to help out when they can,” Mr Parmenter said.
“This program gives locals the convenient opportunity to drop off their cartridges when they are at their nearby post office.
"We are making a direct impact on the environment and are helping to create a more sustainable and healthy community.”
Planet Ark spokesperson Rebecca Gilling said used cartridges have a huge impact on the environment.
“The plastics and metals they are made of don't break down and toner dust can contain chemicals that are potentially hazardous to the environment, as it can leach from landfill into waterways and ground water,” Ms Guilling said.
The Planet Ark recycling box is in-store at the newly renovated PostShop in the Palms Centre.