PALO ALTO, Calif. (PRWEB) November 10, 2008
HP is expanding the HP Planet Partners print cartridge return and recycling program to now include authorized retail recycling, and is implementing steps to reduce shipping materials and increase transportation efficiency. HP Planet Partners, part of the HP Eco Solutions program, now includes HP authorized retail recycling locations for HP ink cartridge and LaserJet toner cartridge collection, in addition to other recycling options. Staples, the world's largest office products company, is the first to pilot the HP retail recycling program. HP is teaming with Staples to offer additional incentives for recycling leading up to America Recycles Day (Nov. 15), a nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle. To reduce the amount of shipping material required for recycling returns, HP will no longer include return envelopes in HP ink cartridge packaging. HP will still offer customers several free, postage-paid return options at http://www.hp.com/recycle, including return envelopes, bulk collection boxes and printable labels. HP will continue to offer return labels in HP LaserJet toner cartridge packaging as well as its online and in-store recycling options. HP estimates that if all ink cartridges returned via in-box envelopes in 2008 were instead returned in bulk from authorized retail recycling locations, the amount of shipping materials used would have been reduced by more than 600,000 pounds – enough to fill more than 15 tractor trailers.(1) Transportation efficiency may be improved because twice as many cartridges can be shipped in bulk boxes than those shipped individually. Customers can be confident that all HP ink cartridges and LaserJet toner cartridges returned to HP authorized retail locations are recycled responsibly through HP's state-of-the-art processes and diverted from landfills. HP recently met its goal to recycle more than 250 million HP print cartridges worldwide since the inception of HP Planet Partners in 1991. Print cartridge recycling through HP Planet Partners is available in more than 47 countries, regions and territories. To accommodate greater customer participation in the HP Planet Partners program, HP is currently doubling the size of its North American ink cartridge recycling facility to more than 80,000 square feet to improve efficiency and increase productivity. Last year HP used more than 5 million pounds of recycled plastic – from everyday plastic water bottles to highly technical HP cartridges – to make new HP ink cartridges and is well on its way of doubling that goal in 2008. Quotes
John Solomon, vice president and general manager, North American Consumer Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP: "We introduced HP Planet Partners long before 'going green' was a trend, and over time HP has made print cartridge recycling easier and more widely available." John Solomon, vice president and general manager, North American Consumer Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP: "As environmental awareness and customer participation have increased, we're proud to offer customers authorized retail recycling locations as a natural evolution of the program." Scott Rankin, vice president, Technology Merchandising, Staples Inc.: "Staples makes it easy for customers to safely and responsibly recycle a wide variety of their used technology, whether it's ink and toner cartridges, or cell phones and larger technology items like laptops and computers." Scott Rankin, vice president, Technology Merchandising, Staples Inc.: "Working with HP to offer convenient, everyday recycling is one of the ways Staples makes it easy for our customers to protect the environment; we call it EcoEasy." Multimedia (links to video)
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HP and the environment
For decades HP has been an environmental leader, driving company stewardship through its holistic design for environment strategy. HP influences industry action through its long-standing commitment to maintain supply chain responsibility, sustain energy efficient operations, reduce its climate impact and offer product reuse and recycling options. HP also makes it easier for customers to recognize environmental attributes through HP Eco Solutions, a program that helps customers identify products and services designed with the environment in mind. More information is available at http://www.hp.com/environment.
HP, the world's largest technology company, provides printing and personal computing products and IT services, software and solutions that simplify the technology experience for consumers and businesses. HP completed its acquisition of EDS on Aug. 26, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE:HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.