MARCH 2008

Hewlett Packard increases recycling by nearly 50 percent in 2007

Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) announced it 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.

HP 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 one billion pounds of technology equipment and is well on its way to reaching its new goal to recover two billion pounds of products by the end of 2010.

Highlights from HP’s recycling programs in 2007 include:

  • In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, HP nearly doubled the amount it recycled over last year to 170 million pounds (77,111 metric tons) of equipment.
  • In the Americas region, HP recycled an estimated 65 million pounds (29,484 metric tons) of equipment.
  • In the Asia Pacific region, HP recycled 13 million pounds (5,897 metric tons) of equipment.

HP announced it has developed an engineering breakthrough that enables the use of post-consumer recycled plastics in the production of new original HP inkjet print cartridges. The company’s innovative recycling process facilitates the combination of multiple sources and grades of recycled plastics - from everyday water bottles to highly technical HP inkjet cartridges returned through HP’s Planet Partners program.

Using recycled content is the latest advancement from HP’s Design for Environment program, which reduces the company’s environmental impact through material usage, ease of recycling and packaging efficiency.