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    HP Wants That Inkjet Cartridge Back
    Don’t throw that inkjet cartridge away….Send it back to HP
    Packard announced on Wednesday that it’s making strides in its efforts
    to be more environmentally friendly through the development of an
    engineering process that allows the company to use post-consumer
    recycled plastics when manufacturing new HP inkjet printer
    cartridges.”As a company HP continues to look at ways to reduce our
    environmental foot print and this is another way on the front end that
    we’re doing to drive the environmental factors that we’re all facing
    today, whether we’re a consumer or a large corporation like HP,” said
    Ken Fleming, Director, North American Supplies Marketing.

    process combines recycled material from inkjet printer cartridges
    returned to the company through its HP Planet Partners program and
    other plastics from things like water bottles and re-engineers them to
    create new ink jet cartridges. Both end-users and resellers can return
    cartridges to HP in pre-stamped envelopes that the company provides
    both in cartridge packaging and free on its Web site, said Scott
    Canonico, Manager, Environmental Policy and Strategy, for Palo
    Alto-based HP.”The cartridges come back and enter into a multi-phase
    recycling process. Cartridges are dismantled, shredded and then we
    separate materials and then they go through a process of refinement.
    This is actually one of the key breakthroughs,” he said. “By adding a
    suite of additives, also adding some volume from recycled bottle type
    plastic, we were able to get a material that is consistent and performs
    on specification on par with virgin plastic material.”

    company does not refill returned cartridges, he said, because it is
    unable to assure performance. “It just doesn’t deliver the quality and
    reliability that HP customers expect,” Canonico said.So far HP has used
    more than 9 million pounds of recycled plastics in its ink jet
    cartridges, which could fill more than 200 tractor trailers. More than
    5 million of that was in 2007. HP hopes to recycle 10 million pounds
    worth this year, Fleming said.HP has made more than 200 million
    cartridges with recycled materials, and each cartridge manufactured
    contains 70 to 100 percent recycled plastics, the company said.

    company is still working on creating ways to recycle and re-engineer
    plastics in its laser jet cartridges. “We do not have outside sources
    other than recycle plastics recovered from our own laser jet
    cartridges. That is a processing, refining and newly molding process,”
    Canonico said. “It’s really a goal across all of HP, to identify more
    environmentally better materials and improve our overall footprint and
    performance across all products.”For reseller Jim Fall, vice president,
    strategic planning for Cannon IV, Indianapolis, Ind., recycling
    programs matter.”We offer a recycling program in support of what HP’s
    doing. More and more of our customers are asking about a green program
    for the electronics, whether it’s for the cardboard box the toner comes
    in or the empty toner cartridge itself,” Fall said.”That’s becoming of
    more importance as the demand grows for the products. Now there are
    more of them out there producing more empty toner cartridges. We’re
    especially seeing that in the public sector — schools, universities
    and government agencies seem to be driving those programs more
    aggressively,” he said.

    HP currently manufacturers a scanner
    with recycled plastic parts, but does not use them in their printers,
    he said.However, resellers may already be selling more environmentally
    friendly inkjet cartridges than they realized. “The recycled plastics
    go into some of the highest volume cartridges worldwide. My expectation
    is that all of our resellers are probably selling recycled cartridges,”
    Canonico said.