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HP recycles 10 million Aussie print cartridges

HP, in conjunction with Cartridges for Planet Ark, has recycled 10 million print cartridges in Australia.

HP is a founding member of Cartridges for Planet Ark (C4PA), created in 2003. The C4PA recycling programme provides Australians with a free, easy-to-use and environmentally accredited way to recycle their printer cartridges with a zero-waste-to-landfill commitment.

Peter Tamblyn, Close the Loop sales and marketing manager, Asia Pacific, said, “HP represents about 55% of the total cartridges returned since the programme’s inception, which is a significant achievement. HP’s commitment to sustainable recycling of waste and unused materials is helping ensure the environmental impact of consumption is significantly reduced.”

Brad Grey, head of Campaigns, Planet Ark, said, “Planet Ark aims to make recycling as easy as possible for consumers and businesses, which is why we work hard to ensure that all Australians are in easy reach of a collection point- in all Officeworks and JB HiFi stores, as well as participating Australia Post outlets. Workplaces can also be collection points. Every cartridge dropped into a C4PA box is processed with a zero waste to landfill guarantee - a great result for the environment.”  

Returned cartridges are not refilled – recycled cartridge materials are turned into various products, such as pens, rulers, picnic tables, even asphalt. 

TonerPave is a 23% lower carbon asphalt that utilises the waste and residual toner from cartridges and is mixed with other waste materials such as used engine oil and ground tyre rubber to produce an asphalt additive, Modified Toner Polymer (MTP).

The addition of MTP in asphalt significantly reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and makes a better performing road than using traditional methods. 

The Circular Economy 

In some regions, returned HP cartridges go through a "closed-loop" recycling process where their plastics are combined with other plastics, such as used water bottles, to create plastic for new HP Original print cartridges with no compromise on quality and print performance.

Today, 80% of Original HP ink cartridges and 100% of Original HP toner cartridges are made with recycled content. 

Ben Vivoda, director, Printing Systems, HP South Pacific, said, “Embracing the circular economy demonstrates HP’s commitment to giving back to the planet, where the plastics used in many HP products are given a perpetual lifecycle and don’t end up in a landfill.

"To create real impact you need scale and our partnerships with both Cartridges for Planet Ark and Close the Loop have allowed HP and our customers to genuinely address sustainability issues in the industry.”  

HP planet ark

L to R: Rob Parry-Jones, global chief executive, Close the Loop; Toby Watson, national merchandise manager – Technology, Officeworks; Robert Mesaros, managing director, HP South Pacific; and Sean O’Malley, head of Research, Planet Ark Australia.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!