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Reuse, return or recycle?

PC Advisor readers want cash to go green

PC Advisor readers are unimpressed with HP's Planet Partners recycling scheme, demanding a financial incentive for returning used printer cartridges.

Under the scheme, announced earlier this month consumers will be able to return cartridges to HP for recycling, however they will not receive any cash back or money-off coupons for their trouble and they may even have to foot the bill for postage and packing.

Almost 1,200 people took part in our online poll, with a massive 54.4 percent admitting they would be much more likely to use the scheme if they were offered a refund on their next cartridge purchase. A further quarter (23.9 percent) would be happy to send the products off if HP paid the postage.

A small minority of environmentally conscious voters (7.1 percent) will take part in the scheme even if it means they'll be out of pocket, simply because they feel recycling is their responsibility.

Meanwhile, 14.6 percent of readers said they would not return cartridges under any circumstances as they intended to refill and reuse them.

HP said it expects to recycle 17 million inkjet cartridges in 2005.


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