HP claims printer cartridge recycling closed loop

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has claimed an 'engineering breakthrough' that enables the use of post-consumer recycled plastics in the production of new Original HP inkjet printer cartridges

The process facilitates the combination of multiple sources and grades of recycled plastics ̵1; from water bottles to dead HP inkjet cartridges, the company says.

"HP inkjet cartridges returned through HP's Planet Partners program undergo a multi-phase recycling process that reduces them to raw materials such as plastics and metals," comments Michael Hoffmann, senior VP, supplies, imaging and printing group, HP.

"HP combines plastic from the inkjet cartridges with recycled bottle resin and a suite of compounding additives to ensure all recycled materials meet HP's high-performance standards."

The amount of recycled content in these HP inkjet cartridges may vary between 70-100 per cent of the total plastic used; but the reliability results for each product are tested and consistent across the line-up, HP insists.

In recognition of HP's endeavours to recycle content, the Society of Plastics Engineers plans to present the company with its top environmental stewardship award at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference in March 2008. www.hp.com/environment, www.4spe.org/conf/gpec07/07gpec.php

Image: HP's recycling technique combines plastics from diverse sources

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