HP Furthers “Closed Loop” Ink Cartridge Recycling

24 Oct

HP has announced its growing collaboration with the Lavergne Group which now extends to Lavergne’s new plastic compounding facility in Vietnam, following HP’s achievement of manufacturing one billion ink cartridges that incorporate recycled plastic from HP’s “closed loop” ink cartridge recycling program.

HP’s growing collaboration with the Lavergne Group is the culmination of a twelve-year collaboration focused on developing “closed loop” plastic resin solutions that meet the high quality standards required for Original HP ink cartridges. The Lavergne Group’s expansion in Vietnam provides additional capacity for HP to continue year-on-year increases in the volume of “closed loop” recycled plastic used in manufacturing Original HP ink cartridges.

The Lavergne Group’s new plant in Vietnam will facilitate regional qualification efforts, enabling future growth in the volume of Original HP Ink cartridges that can be manufactured using the “closed loop” recycling process.

The facility will also be closer to the manufacturing sites for HP Original Ink cartridges in Asia Pacific and local sources of recycled materials, which will provide an estimated six per cent reduction in the plastic carbon footprint when the facility is fully operational.

Mr. Dean Millers introduced HP’s Environmental Innovation

“We are excited to grow our collaboration with Lavergne in ‘closed loop’ ink cartridge recycling, which will help our customers who are using Original HP Ink reduce their impact on the environment,” said Armando Pascual, HP Country General Manager for Imaging and Printing Group. “This year, HP has achieved a truly significant milestone, with 1 billion Original HP Ink cartridges manufactured using the ‘closed loop’ recycling process.”

“We are proud to continue to work closely with HP, who demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment through continued recycling innovation that enables users of Original HP Ink to reduce their environmental impact,” said Mr. Jean-Luc Lavergne, President, Lavergne Group.

HP’s continuous improvement in “closed loop” processes and recycling innovations over the past six years (2005-2010) to enhance ink cartridge collection, improve the ink cartridge disassembly process and to grow the volume of recycled plastic for ink cartridge manufacturing have led to further reductions in environmental impact. In 2010, the recycled plastic in Original HP Ink cartridges has up to a 33% smaller carbon footprint than the virgin plastic in Original HP Ink cartridges, even when accounting for the impact associated with collecting, transporting and processing used cartridges and plastic bottles. Additionally, the recycled plastic used in Original HP Ink cartridges requires 62% less fossil fuel to manufacture, transport and recycle, when compared with virgin plastic.

HP and Lavergne are currently engaged in ongoing development of recycled plastics involving multiple plastics types for use in a number of HP printing products.

Reducing Environmental Impact without Compromising Quality
Original HP Ink cartridges have been engineered to use up to 70% recycled material and still meet HP’s demanding standards for quality and reliability.3 This is in line with HP’s Design for Environment program, which ensures that environmental design goals are integrated into every product design, measuring Original HP cartridges’ performance in such areas as material efficiency, ease of recycling, packaging efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

Recycling Original HP print cartridges is made easy with the HP Planet Partners program, available in more than 50 countries and territories worldwide. Recycling efforts by customers and HP have kept 1.3 billion plastic bottles and more than 210 million HP ink cartridges out of landfills. In 2010, HP used 6,000 tonnes (13.6 million pounds) of recycled plastic from plastic bottles and Original HP ink cartridges recovered through the HP Planet Partners program to manufacture new Original HP ink cartridges. This is equivalent to keeping 340 tractor-trailer loads of plastic from going into landfills.

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