Company expands product recovery services to consumers and small businesses.
HP has announced it has extended its recycling program in India to include consumers and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The expansion means HP’s range of global product recovery services are now present in more than 50 countries and territories, according to the maker of printers and computers.
Beginning May 15, customers will be able to drop off HP-branded technology equipment at HP service centers in 17 locations in nine cities in India.
HP will accept, at no additional charge, any HP printer, scanner, fax machine, notebook or desktop PC, monitor, handheld device, or camera and associated external components such as cables, mice and keyboards. After collection, HP will consolidate the products and sort for recycling locally in India.
Subsequent phases of the program are planned to increase the number of drop-off points in those cities and include additional cities over the next year.
“With technology products and consumer environmental awareness on the rise, there’s a greater urgency around disposing of equipment in an environmentally responsible manner,” says Jean-Claude Vanderstraeten, environment director, Asia-Pacific and Japan for HP. “We designed our consumer recycling program to make it simple for our customers to do their part for environmental sustainability.”
The expansion to the consumer market adds to a product take-back program for corporate customers in India that began in 2003.
HP’s product take-back and recycling programs are part of its end-of-life asset recovery services. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of HP’s reuse and recycling program, which now serves customers in more than 50 countries, regions and territories.
HP began remarketing used equipment in 1981 and recycling in 1987. The company says it exceeded its goal to recycle 1 billion pounds (450,000 metric tons) of electronic products and supplies by the end of 2007. It has now set a new goal to recover an additional 1 billion pounds for reuse and recycling by the end of 2010.
More information about HP product recycling programs is available at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/gcreport/productreuse.html.