Hewlett-Packard Recycling Program Accepts any Brand Computers

Roseville, CA - Hewlett-Packard Company announced a service that allows consumers and businesses to conveniently recycle unwanted computers and equipment from any manufacturer without adding to landfills. The recycling is done at HP Roseville.

The service is part of HP's Planet Partners Program, which includes a broad range of environmental and recycling initiatives. Accessed via the Web at www.hp.com/go/recycle, the service created by HP includes pickup, transportation, evaluation for reuse or donation, and environmentally sound recycling for products ranging from PCs and printers to servers and scanners. Pricing is based on the quantity and type of product to be returned.

All computer equipment received will first be evaluated for reuse. Functioning products will be donated to charitable organizations that accept used equipment or will enter into other reuse channels. The remaining equipment will be recycled through a process designed to maximize product re-use and material recovery.

The computer products take-back service is an innovative response to a growing trend. According to the National Safety Council, the number of PCs that are deemed obsolete in 2002 will exceed the number of new PCs shipped. PCs are only one category of the vast quantity of computer products that are replaced or become obsolete every year, yet there are few environmentally sound options for consumers and businesses to recycle unneeded equipment.

To address the issue, HP selected Micro Metallics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Noranda Inc., metals company, to work with HP to develop a one-of-a-kind process that evaluates in-coming equipment, redeploys working equipment, extracts parts that can be reused and recycles remaining products and components.

The $4 million processing line includes specially designed shredders to grind equipment into pieces the size of a quarter. From there, a series of separators and magnets pull out the component metals and plastics for recycling.

Together, HP and Noranda manage and operate the state-of-the-art facility where this recycling process takes place.

This facility, located in Roseville, California, currently processes up to 4 million pounds a month of used equipment from HP and other corporate customers' facilities.

HP and Noranda are planning to open a similar facility in Nashville, Tennessee in July.