HP TO DOUBLE RECYLCED CONTENT IN INKJET CARTRIDGE PRODUCTION

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HP TO DOUBLE RECYLCED CONTENT IN INKJET CARTRIDGE PRODUCTION

 user 2009-02-17 at 11:46:13 am Views: 43
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    http://www.printweek.com/news/780887/HP-double-recycled-content-inkjet-cartridge-production/
    HP to double recycled content in inkjet cartridge production
    HP
    will double the amount of recycled plastic used in its injket print
    cartridges this year, having overcome engineering hurdles that had
    stopped it from using multiple sources and grades of material.The
    company made 200m original HP injket print cartridges from recycled
    plastic in 2007 and since the pilot programme, it has used enough
    recycled plastic to fill more than 200 tractor trailers.

    Last
    year, HP used more than 5m pounds (2,268 metric tonnes) of
    post-consumer recycled plastic, including both water bottles and print
    cartridges, from landfill and it has committed to using twice as much
    in 2008.Michael Hoffmann, senior vice president for the supplies,
    imaging and printing group at HP, said the technology reduced the
    company’s impact on the environment.”HP’s considerable investments in
    building a recycling infrastructure made this achievement possible, and
    this is just the beginning of what we hope to accomplish,” Hoffmann
    said.HP’s Planet Partners programme offers free and easy cartridge
    returns in more than 45 countries, regions and territories, with a
    commitment that all returned cartridges would be recycled.

    The
    multi-phase recycling process reduces the cartridges to raw materials,
    such as plastics and metals. HP then combines plastic from the inkjet
    cartridges with recycled bottle resin and a suite of compounding
    additives.The total plastic in a cartridge is 70-100% recycled content,
    while stringent testing ensures consistency and reliability of the
    product.HP is set to receive an environmental stewardship award from
    the Society of Plastics Engineers at the Global Plastics Environmental
    Conference in March