HP recycled more than 164 million pounds of hardware and print cartridges globally in its 2006 fiscal year -- an increase of 16% over the previous year, and the equivalent weight of more than 600 jumbo jet airliners, according to the company.
In addition, HP collected more than 2.5 million units of hardware globally -- weighing more than 50 million pounds -- to be refurbished for resale or donated.
To date the company has recycled more than 920 million pounds of hardware and HP print cartridges globally. This puts the company on track to surpass its goal of recycling 1 billion cumulative pounds by the end of this year.
"Part of environmental responsibility at HP is to provide global recycling programs that give our customers choice, convenience and control in how to dispose of products responsibly," said Pat Tiernan, HP's vice president of Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility.
Highlights from HP's recycling programs in 2006 include:
- In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, HP recycled more than 84 million pounds of hardware.
- In the Americas region, HP collected more than 42 million pounds of hardware. A series of free consumer recycling events held throughout the U.S. between June and September recovered 1 million pounds alone.
- In the Asia Pacific region, HP nearly doubled the amount of hardware it recycled to almost 7 million pounds by aligning its trade-in, refurbishing and recycling operations to provide full asset-recovery services for business customers in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
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