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HP ‘should do more to recycle printer cartridges’

By Paperstone on October 31, 2007 in HP

Office equipment manufacturer HP needs to do more to ensure that its printer cartridges are recycled, a new report claims.

A study by Lyra Research reveals that HP is responsible for the production of over half of the 500 million inkjet cartridges and 75 million laser cartridges which are sold each year in North America, AlterNet reports.

However, the data also indicates that around half of those empty printer cartridges are discarded rather than recycled.

Although HP has an electronic recycling programme which permits customers to post their empty printer cartridges back to the office supplies firm in a postage-paid envelope, environmental watchdogs have suggested that the company is not doing enough to cut its carbon footprint.

In July, HP concluded its drive to recycle one billion pounds of electronic products within a specified timeframe, with recycled inkjet cartridges and laser cartridges comprising one-quarter of the total, according to HP‘s environmental marketing manager for North America Jean Gingras.

However, Greenpeace’s September issue of its Guide to Greener Electronics placed the office machines firm near the bottom of a ranking of 15 companies’ green efforts.

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