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 75 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 73 countries or territories. We are committed to helping our customers recycle responsibly, recovering 2.8 billion pounds of products since 1987. More than 75% of our ink cartridges and 24% of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are now manufactured with “closed loop” recycled plastic.

Our remanufacturing programs give IT hardware, such as servers, storage and networking products, a new lease of life, reducing environmental impacts from disposal. We only recycle products that cannot be reused. We also provide pickup and recycling services to commercial customers. 102,800 tonnes of hardware recycled 14% overall recycling rate of relevant HP hardware sales worldwide.

We design products for longevity, provide customers with guidance on how to maintain them, and provide comprehensive repair, refurbishment, reuse, and recycling programs. Increasingly, we use the materials we recapture from recycling to create new HP products through our closed loop programs. In 2016, we built on our long-standing commitment and set a new goal to recycle 1.2 million tonnes of hardware and supplies by 2025. HP has long been committed to the responsible processing of used electronics. During 2017, to promote transparency and progress social and environmental standards in the electronics industry supply chain, we published a detailed list of our global recycling.

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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