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HP’s Planet Partners program turns 25

If environment issues are particularly important to you or your customers, HPs Planet Partners program celebrates its 25th birthday this year.

Did you know?

•  27% of ink cartridges collected by remanufacturers were unusable for remanufacturing. Of those, 15% go to landfill because many remanufacturers don’t have a recycling process.
•  No HP cartridge returned through HP‘s Planet Partners Program will go to landfill.
•  HP provides more environmentally responsible recycling solutions globally than any other IT company – in over 45 countries, regions and territories.
•  HP virtually invented electronic recycling back in 1987 and officially launched the HP Planet Partners return and recycling program for HP LaserJet print cartridges in 1991. HP inkjet print cartridges were added to the recycling program in 1997.
•  HP has recycled more than 1 billion pounds (453,592 tonnes) of hardware and HP print cartridges globally.

HP Planet Partners return and recycling program offers your customers simple, convenient recycling of original HP inkjet and LaserJet supplies, any brand of computer hardware and rechargeable batteries. HP ensure that returned products are recycled properly, processing them to recover valuable plastics and metals for new products and diverting millions of tons of waste from landfills.

The recycling process

What happens when your customers return an HP print cartridge or any brand of computing hardware for recycling? HP uses state-of-the-art recycling facilities to process each return through a multi-phase recycling process. No HP print cartridges returned and recycled through Planet Partners are sent to landfill.

Products are sorted and shredded, then separated into plastics and metals. Residual ink, foam or toner are also separated and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. Recovered plastic and metal materials are further processed into their raw forms so they can be used in new HP computers, printers and print cartridges; automotive parts, clothes hangers, microchip processing trays, serving trays, shoe soles, spools and other everyday products.

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