HP recently announced that it has increased the recycled content of its printer ink and toner cartridges by 50%. More than 75% of HP ink cartridges and 24% of HP toner cartridges are manufactured with closed loop recycled plastic.
The closed loop recycling system uses plastic taken from returned HP ink cartridges, plastic bottles and clothing hangers and processes them into new printer cartridges. HP says that through this initiative, it is helping customers reduce their environmental impact and reduce the overall environmental impact of the manufacturing process.
According to Stephen Nigro, HP’s Inkjet and Printing solutions vice-president, people want high quality printed content for personal and professional use while preserving their commitment to the environment. HP is offering customers solutions that preserve the environment while saving them money, everything from recycled plastic in HP ink cartridges and toner cartridges to energy efficient printers.
By reusing these plastics, HP claims that they have kept 566 000 000 printer cartridges out of landfills since 1991 and have used 2.5 billion post-consumer plastic bottles since 2005. They have also incorporated 400 000kg of plastic clothing hangers into their recycling process.
This has led them to manufacture more than 2 billion printer ink and toner cartridges from recycled material. This has reduced their carbon footprint by 33% and they have used 54% less fossil fuel than using new plastic in the manufacturing process.
HP offers printer recycling in 50 countries and territories through their Planet Partners Programme. Currently, they are only offering bulk recycling initiatives and services for businesses in South Africa, but you can drop off your used printer cartridges at most Pick n Pay Hypermarkets and Makro stores to be recycled.