Environmental sustainability is one of the areas of HP's global citizenship strategy, reflecting our goal to be the world's most environmentally responsible IT company. This commitment is more than a virtuous aspiration-it is integral to the ongoing success of our business. Our drive to improve HP's overall environmental performance helps us capitalize on emerging market opportunities, respond to stakeholder expectations and even shape the future of the emerging low-carbon, resource-efficient global economy. It also pushes us to reduce the footprint of our operations, improve the performance of our products and services across their entire life cycle, and innovate new solutions that create efficiencies, reduce costs and differentiate our brand.
Over the last 70 years, HP has been an industry leader in reducing its impact on the environment. From company carpools in the 1970's, to worldwide recycling programs and innovative energy-efficient technology today, we continue our commitment to environmental responsibility. We launched our first recycling program in 1987, and remain committed to increasing the volume of our products recovered.
HP now operates product reuse and recycling services in 57 countries or territories. HP became the first computer manufacturer to operate its own recycling facility in 1997. We continue to set the standard today through our leading recycling and reuse programs. In 2007, we reached our goal of recycling over 1 billion pounds of products and materials.
In 2010 alone, HP recovered 332 million pounds (151,000 tonnes) of hardware and supplies. This included:
- Approximately 3.8 million hardware units weighing 66 million pounds (30,000 tonnes) for reuse and remarketing, roughly 45% of which was returned by business customers.
- Approximately 121,000 tonnes (266 million pounds) for recycling, including 70 million ink and toner cartridges. More than 50% of recycling volume by weight was returned by consumers.
Since 1987, a total of 1.95 billion pounds (884,000 tonnes) of electronic products and supplies has been recycled. In total, more than 2.36 billion pounds (1.07 million tonnes) of electronic products and supplies have been recovered and either reused (electronic products) or recycled (electronic products and supplies) by HP.
HP continues to expand the use of recycled materials in our products. In 2010, we achieved our goal a year early to use a cumulative 100 million pounds (45,000 tonnes) of recycled plastic in our printing products, since 2007.
We also reached a milestone in 2010 by producing 1 billion HP ink cartridges containing post-consumer-recycled plastic. Eight-hundred million of those cartridges were manufactured with recycled plastic from the HP “closed loop” ink cartridge recycling process, which uses plastic from returned cartridges to make new ones. HP was the first company to recycle old cartridge plastic in this way. We estimate this has kept 1.46 billion items out of landfill, including 1.3 billion plastic bottles and 160 million ink cartridges. Using recycled plastic instead of new plastic in Original HP cartridges is currently reducing fossil fuel use associated with HP cartridge manufacture, transport, and recycling by up to 62%.
In Australia, HP is a participating manufacturer of the Retail collection component of the 'Cartridges 4 Partner Ark' program. This means that individuals, householders and small businesses who use HP cartridges can drop off their used cartridges at any retail or public ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ collection points. Larger businesses and workplaces that predominantly use HP cartridges are encouraged to contact HP directly to see if they are eligible for a HP Planet Partners collection box.
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