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HP increases cartridge shredding in Middle East

October 12, 2011

25 schools have joined the OEM’s cartridge collection scheme.

HP has revealed further increases in its efforts to collect and shred empty cartridges in the Middle East, with 25 schools in Dubai signing up to the Planet Partners scheme, according to Gulf Today.

“Recycling of print cartridges will begin in 25 Dubai schools — both public and private — from January 2012. Further, our plan is to roll out this initiative out to schools in other emirates as well,” Noura Al Mutawa, director of activities and special needs department at the ministry of education, told Gulf News.

HP has been working to increase its cartridge collection network around the world, and first began the Planet Partners program in the UAE in 2009. Earlier this year it became apparent that further increases were on the way, as the OEM strengthened its partnership with Lavergne Group in Vietnam.

The company shreds and recycles cartridges collected by HP’s recycling drives.

Categories : World Focus

3 responses to “HP increases cartridge shredding in Middle East”

  1. Kunal says:

    This is perfect example of teaching wrong things to innocent minds just to fulfills ones larger goal of profit making.

    HP is trying to take advantage of the green movement towards recycling by actually doing a complete NON Green activity.

    The very cartridges which can be refilled and reused is being shredded and completely wasted when it has atleast 3-4 yrs of life left. It is a waste of young children energy/energy used for recycling which is being used by HP as astrategy to wipe out recyclers and end customers becoming more and more dependent on the HP brand new expensive cartridges.

    In other words it is a disgrace by especially bringing in your children to do their dirty work in their profit making scheme.

  2. Craig says:

    Dear Recycler,

    While this “revelation” may surprise some, the reality is that the end user has been lead to believe this for many years. HP does an excellent job of making the return of their used cartridges convenient with little or no apparent out of pocket expense to the consumer. Ironically, it is the consumer who not only believes they are performing a civil service to the community and, more importantly, to the environment; but also, they are giving away a valuable commodity to an already behemoth corporation. The larger impact on the environment and the remanufacturing industry in general is that these HP virgin empties create massive landfill when they are dumped intact or after being shredded and, paradoxically, without them the recharger industry cannot survive.

    What I find laughable (or is that shameful?) about these tactics is that HP is perceived as the “good guys” by joining in forums and creating partnerships with aftermarket component suppliers while simultaneously putting a strangle hold on the first link of the supply chain by significantly reducing access to these cores. Of equal irony is that the laws governing the sale of remanufactured toner cartridges in the U.S., specifically the “First Sale Doctrine”, prohibit any company selling in or exporting to the U.S. a remanufactured cartridge that was not originally sold new in the U.S. The hypocrisy of this behavior is clearly illustrated in the recent Canon suit against many companies in the imaging industry. In this instance, HP was craftily positioning behind Canon (the actual patent holder and proxy) who filed the complaints with the ITC. Once again, HP evaded exposure and criticism while concealing their true motives to achieve their goals.

    So, what is the answer and what can a consumer do to ensure that they have choices and access to quality made remanufactured products? First, be informed before you purchase a new office machine or printer about the cost of the supply is and how many pages will it yield (i.e. is there a “higher yield” option and will this printer accept it?). Also, be independently minded. Before you purchase that new color ink jet printer to create photo albums at home or that multifunction machine for your business, ask the salesperson if there are remanufactured supplies available. If you are managing procurement for a company or other entity with multiple types of equipment, ensure that you purchase products based upon the merits alone and then consider the company standing behind them. Make an informed decision by researching and then evaluating the best product as it pertains to your usage, requirements and expectations. Make sure you are not mislead by hyperbole by being charmed with words like “compatible” or “OEM compliant” when you are evaluating “like” products from different companies. The truth is that an apples to apples comparison is very difficult unless you are an expert in this field. Finally, consider calling other customers to provide references and do not base your final decisions solely upon price.

    If you are a company executive or sales person that sells to the end user, consider your own responsibility to educate others about what you are doing (and what HP is not). If you are a remanufacturer or reseller, make sure you recycle or that your provider recycles ALL the used cores, not just the ones that put a buck in your pocket.
    As an example of this, our company has some practical experience to share. For example, by installing a large collection receptacle in our receiving bay for “non-virgin” cores, we benefited as a company by providing an added service to its customers and by becoming activists serving the local community and the greater good. Sometimes the cause and pursuit of change will far outweigh ones personal gain or corporate profit. You just have to act.


  3. Deepak says:

    I am with Mr. Kunal . If the Empty shelves can be reused for recycling then why it is going for shredding . This is very bad for the environment . Print cartridges should be shredd ( specially toners ) only if the empty shelves is broken or cannot be used for recycling otherwise it can be used several times unless it brokes . In environmental terms 1 print cartridge ( toner cartridge ) consumes 2 litres of oil to produce and severeal metal parts . If it goes for shredding for the 1st time means its spoils the environment and it is non green activity .

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