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HP to recycle consumer inkjet cartridges

Prepaid envelopes to encourage users to get green

Following up on a promise made seven months ago, HP is to expand its inkjet print cartridge recycling programme to UK consumers from 1 May.

When PC Advisor first wrote about HP’s plans in October 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 were free.

HP has gone part-way there: prepaid envelopes will be supplied with two of the most popular HP inkjet print cartridges, the HP 56 black and 57 tri-colour. For other cartridges, customers can order free prepaid envelopes at www.hp.com/recycle.

HP began its Planet Partners recycling programme 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 1.5m of its inkjet print cartridges by 2005 in the UK.

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


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