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HP has expanded its Planet Partners printing supplies return-and-recycling program to 68 countries, including Argentina, Chile, and Papua New Guinea.

Clare Goldsberry

October 22, 2020

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HP's plastics recycling in Haiti
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HP Inc. has expanded its Planet Partners return-and-recycling program to 68 countries, including Argentina, Chile, and Papua New Guinea. Expanding HP’s OEM printing supplies recycling program into new markets furthers the company’s long-standing commitment to driving a circular and low-carbon economy with its partners and customers.

The HP Planet Partners program makes it easier for HP customers to make sustainable choices by enabling them to take simple steps toward achieving their own goals to reduce waste. To date, the program has recycled more than 875 million HP ink and toner cartridges. Buying and recycling Original HP ink and toner cartridges lets customers contribute to HP’s efforts to create a sustainable future for printing that is forest positive, carbon neutral, and supports a circular economy, explains HP.

“Our goal is to enable and mobilize our partners and customers to join us in driving meaningful change and a more circular economy,” said Guillaume Geradin, Global Head and General Manager of print supplies for HP. “That’s why we are committed to developing best-in-class initiatives, like our HP Planet Partners program to reduce waste going into landfills and the opening of a new wash line in Haiti to help reduce ocean-bound plastic.”

HP invests $2 million in Haiti washing line

HP invested $2 million in a new washing line in Haiti that produces clean, high-quality recycled plastic for use in HP’s premium products, including Original HP ink cartridges. It also opens up new markets for the Haiti team. This investment into a self-reliant ocean-bound plastic supply chain continues HP’s longstanding commitment to diverting ocean-bound plastic and contributing to a lower-carbon, circular economy while providing income and education opportunities locally.

The washing line is fully functioning thanks to the combined efforts and deep collaboration with plastics transformer Lavergne, local recycler ECSSA, and STF Group, which manufactured the washing line, said HP.

HP is a member of 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. HP has also teamed up with NGO Work to create more than 1,100 new income opportunities and provide new learning centers for children on-site as their parents work on the recycling efforts. The learning centers are equipped with the latest technology, including laptops and printers using cartridges from locally collected plastics.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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