HP has recycled nearly 250 million pounds of hardware and print cartridges globally in its fiscal year 2007 – an increase of approximately 50 percent over the previous year.
The company also reused 65 million pounds of hardware to be refurbished for resale or donation, increasing its annual reuse rate by 30 percent.
In 2007, HP surpassed its goal to recycle 1 billion pounds of technology equipment and it is well on its way to reaching its new goal to recover 2 billion pounds of products by the end of 2010.
“HP set the most aggressive recovery goal in the IT industry and we’re on track to meet it,” said Pat Tiernan, vice president, Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility, HP. “This progress demonstrates our success in offering convenient and comprehensive recovery services around the world and is another milestone in HP’s longstanding environmental commitment.”
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, HP nearly doubled the amount it recycled over last year to 170 million pounds (77,111 metric tonnes) of equipment. In the Americas region, HP recycled an estimated 65 million pounds (29,484 metric tonnes) of equipment while in the Asia Pacific region, HP recycled 13 million pounds (5,897 metric tonnes) of equipment.
Also announced was an engineering change that enables the use of post-consumer recycled plastics in the production of new Original HP inkjet print cartridges. The company’s recycling process facilitates the combination of multiple sources and grades of recycled plastics – from everyday water bottles to HP inkjet cartridges returned through HP’s Planet Partners program.