Technology company HP has extended its recycling scheme to 68 countries and territories after collecting more than 875,000 used printer ink and toner cartridges.
HP announced the expansion of its Planet Partners supplies return and recycling program to 68 countries, including Argentina, Chile, and Papua New Guinea.
The HP Planet Partners programme makes sustainable choices easier for HP customers, enabling them to take simple steps towards achieving their own goals to reduce waste.
Guillaume Gerardin, global head and general manager of print supplies for HP, said: “Like many global challenges of this year, the climate crisis reveals how interconnected we are. Our goal is to enable and mobilize our partners and customers to join us in driving meaningful change and a more circular economy.”
HP Planet Partners recycling process also relies in part on ocean-bound plastics sourced and recovered in Haiti. HP has been reducing ocean-bound plastic in Haiti since 2016, and these efforts have already diverted approximately 1.7 million pounds (771 metric tonnes) of plastic materials—or more than 60 million bottles— preventing this plastic from reaching waterways and oceans. Of that, more than 485,000 pounds (220 metric tonnes) have been diverted from oceans to be used in Original HP ink cartridges.
As part of the company’s commitment to sustainable impact, HP has also teamed up with NGO Work to create more than 1,100 new income opportunities and provide new learning centres for children on site as their parents work on the recycling efforts.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.