Recycle HP ink and toner cartridges
The HP Planet Partners program makes recycling HP ink and toner cartridges easy, helping you reduce your impact on the environment
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The HP Planet Partners recycling program enables simple, convenient recycling of Original HP inkjet and HP LaserJet supplies, any brand of computer hardware, and rechargeable batteries. HP ensures that returned products are recycled properly, processing them to recover valuable plastics and metals for use in new products, and diverting millions of tons of waste from landfills.1
Easy recycling with HP
Use pre-addressed, postage-paid recycling envelopes and labels and drop your used cartridges in the mail.
With the free and easy-to-use HP Planet Partners program—available in more than 50 countries and territories around the world—you can recycle your empty Original HP ink and toner cartridges in the following ways:2
- Use the pre-addressed, postage-paid recycling envelopes and labels available online and in all toner cartridge packaging.2
- Return large quantities of used Original HP cartridges easily by requesting a free bulk collection box or pallet pickup.2
- Return used Original HP cartridges to HP authorized retail collection locations.2
While HP accepts nearly every Original HP ink and toner cartridge for recycling, some supplies cannot be recycled through the HP Planet Partners program.2 Find out which products are not accepted for recycling.
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How HP reduces its impact
Recycled supplies are reduced to raw materials to make new Original HP products.
No Original HP cartridges returned through HP Planet Partners are ever sent to a landfill, and HP never refills or resells cartridges:
- Recycled printer cartridges are reduced to raw materials to make new products. Any remaining material is disposed of or handled responsibly through energy recovery.
- HP reduces packaging and uses recycled materials whenever possible to limit the amount of new materials it uses to package and ship products.
- HP high-capacity XL cartridges require fewer cartridge and packaging materials per printed page, than standard Original HP cartridges.
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Environmentally minded manufacturing
HP “closed loop” ink cartridge recycling process was the first of its kind.
HP is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products:
- Original HP cartridges are manufactured at facilities certified under ISO 14001, an internationally recognized standard of environmental management systems.
- The HP “closed loop” ink cartridge recycling process combines used HP ink cartridges with recycled plastic bottle materials to create new HP ink cartridges.
- According to a 2010 life-cycle assessment, using recycled plastic—over new plastic—in Original HP ink cartridges has a reduced environmental impact in all areas studied—including water use and carbon footprint.3
In 2010, HP used 19.6 million pounds of recycled plastic as raw material in the manufacturing of new Original HP cartridges, keeping 490 tractor-trailer loads of plastic from going to landfills.
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- 1As of 2009, customers have returned and recycled 320 million HP ink and LaserJet toner cartridges worldwide since the HP Planet Partners program began in 1991, representing a weight of 390 million pounds (177,00 metric tones).
- 2Program availability varies. Original HP cartridge return and recycling is currently available in more than 50 countries, territories and regions in Asia, Europe, and North and South America through the HP Planet Partners program. For more information, visit: www.hp.com/recycle.
- 3For cartridges produced between 2005 and 2010. Based on a 2010 life-cycle assessment (LCA) performed by Four Elements Consulting and commissioned by HP. The study compared the environmental impact of using polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) with the environmental impact of using recycled polyethylene terephthalate plastic to manufacture new Original HP cartridges. For details, www.hp.com/go/RecycledPlasticsLCA.