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Hardware recycling at HP (US and Canada)

With technology developing at lightning-fast speeds, obsolete computer hardware is added to our landfills every second. HP's computer hardware recycling service aims to cut down on computer waste and put those raw materials to good use. This simple and environmentally sound take-back program offers consumers and business customers the ability to return computing hardware from any manufacturer.

Since HP Planet Partners began in 1987, more than 1 billion pounds of computer hardware have been recycled worldwide. Recycling process, shredder.
HP's state-of-the-art processes ensure that your unwanted hardware is reused or recycled in a way that conserves resources. HP offers free recycling for consumer who ship us their old equipment. Custom price quotes are also available for large quantities or businesses

Recycling process


What happens when you return an HP print cartridge or any brand of computer hardware to use for recycling? Our state-of-the-art recycling facilities process each return in an environmentally responsible manner through a multi-phase recycling process. Products are sorted and shredded, then separated into plastics and metals. Print cartridges are further separated into residuals of ink, foam or toner. Materials are then processed into their raw forms so they can be used in automotive parts, microchip processing trays, serving trays, spools, hangers and other everyday products.

HP Experience

  • Hardware recycling since 1987
  • In 2007 HP met its goal to recycle 1 billion pounds of electronics
  • HP is now committing to recover a cumulative 2 billion pounds of electronics and print cartridges by the end of 2010
  • Planet Partners Hardware recycling program has been internet-based for over 5 years
  • Member/Sponsor of EPA’s "Plug-in to e-Cycling" Program
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