HP Speeds Up Ink-Cartridge Recycling Program

HP Speeds Up Ink-Cartridge Recycling Program

HP is ramping up production of inkjet cartridges made of recycled used cartridges, water bottles and other plastics.

Since 2005, the company has manufactured more than 200 million inkjet cartridges with recycled content. By turning old HP cartridges into new ones, the company says it has diverted about 8.8 million pounds of recyclable plastic from landfills.

HP's recycling process allows the company to produce ink cartridges made up of 70 to 100 percent recycled content.

Last year HP used more than 5 million pounds of different types of recycled plastic in manufacturing inkjet cartridges. The company plans to double the amount of recycled content used this year.

HP uses ink cartridges returned though its Planet Partners product recycling program, which allows consumers to return HP products to the company for free.

The company recently introduced new energy-efficient PCs, pledged to reduce its laptop and PC energy use by one-fourth and laid out CSR and environmental guidelines for businesses in its supply chain. Last year HP reached 1 billion pounds of electronics and products recycled and redesigned cartridge packaging to reduce materials used as well as to optimize transportation and storage.