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HP expands Planet Partners Programme

October 22, 2020

HP Inc. announced the expansion of its Planet Partners supplies return and recycling programme to 68 countries, including Argentina, Chile, and Papua New Guinea.

The OEM said that expanding its OEM printing supplies recycling programme into new markets furthers the company’s long-standing commitment to driving a circular and low carbon economy with its partners and customers.

To date, the program has recycled over 875 million HP ink and toner cartridges. Buying and recycling Original HP ink and toner cartridges, customers and partners take action in HP’s closed loop process.

“Like many global challenges of this year, the climate crisis reveals how interconnected we are,” said Guillaume Gerardin, Global Head and General Manager of print supplies for HP. “Our goal is to enable and mobilise our partners and customers to join us in driving meaningful change and a more circular economy. That’s why we are committed to developing best-in-class initiatives like our HP Planet Partners programme to reduce waste going into landfills and the opening of a new washline in Haiti to help reduce ocean-bound plastic.”

“The HP Planet Partners programme is the best-in-class OEM printing supplies recycling programme,” said Rebecca Schiffenhaus of Keypoint Intelligence. “HP is leading the way in helping keep plastic out of nature. The HP Planet Partners programme continues to demonstrate sustainable impact by scaling across geographies, making it easy to return cartridges and including recycled content in new cartridges.”

HP said it invested $2 million (€1.68 million) in a new plastic washing line in Haiti that produces clean, high-quality recycled plastic for use in HP premium products, including Original HP ink cartridges and the company’s most sustainable PC portfolio and also opens up new markets for the Haiti team. As of today, the washing line is fully functioning, thanks to the combined efforts and deep collaboration with Lavergne (our plastics transformer), ECSSA (our local Haiti recycler) and STF Group (the manufacturer of the washing line), HP added.

HP Planet Partners recycling process also relies in part on ocean-bound plastics sourced and recovered in Haiti. HP has been reducing ocean-bound plastic in Haiti since 2016, and these efforts have already diverted approximately 1.7 million pounds (771 metric tons) of plastic materials—or more than 60 million bottles— preventing this plastic from reaching waterways and oceans. Of that, more than 485,000 pounds (220 metric tons) have been diverted from oceans to be used in Original HP ink cartridges.

In October 2018, HP joined NextWave Plastics, the collaborative and open-source initiative convening leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. The coalition has set a goal of diverting a minimum of 25,000 tons of plastics – the equivalent of 1.2 billion single-use plastic water bottles – from entering the ocean by the end of 2025. 

“HP is working to set the industry standard for sustainability practices, and as a member of NextWave Plastics, is ensuring that the lessons they have learned are shared among other industry leaders to make an even greater impact,” said Dune Ives, CEO of Lonely Whale, the convening entity of NextWave. “HP’s creativity and commitment to their work in Haiti in the face of a global pandemic is making waves of positive change that simultaneously benefit local communities, the ocean and our future.”

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainable impact, HP has also teamed up with NGO Work to create more than 1,100 new income opportunities and provide new learning centres for children on site as their parents work on the recycling efforts. The learning centres are equipped with the latest technology, including laptops and printers using cartridges from locally collected plastics.

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