HP to recycle consumer inkjet cartridges

LONDON (03/22/2004) - Following up on a promise made seven months ago, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) is to expand its inkjet print cartridge recycling program to U.K. consumers from May 1.

When PC Advisor first wrote about HP's plans in October 03, we ran a website poll in which 24 percent of you said you'd take part in a scheme if the postage to return the cartridges is free. HP has gone part-way there: prepaid envelopes will be supplied with two of the most popular HP inkjet print cartridges: HP 56 black and 57 tri-color. For other cartridges, customers can order free prepaid envelopes at www.hp.com/recycle.

HP began its Planet Partners recycling program in 1991 for businesses to return laser toner cartridges. Over the years the scheme has been extended to inkjet cartridges used in businesses and consumers' laser cartridges. By extending the scheme to consumers HP aims to recycle approximately 1.5 million of its inkjet print cartridges by 2005 from U.K. consumers.

The move sees HP running ahead of a tide of up-coming European legislation aimed at encouraging reuse and recycling.

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