HP Makes Ink And Toner Cartridges From Recycled Water Bottles

Posted by Rob Errera on 25th Apr 2019

HP Makes Ink And Toner Cartridges From Recycled Water Bottles

In the time it takes for you to read this sentence, half a million plastic water bottles have been tossed in the trash when they could have been recycled.

The rise of plastic water bottles in the 1980s spawned a global epidemic of plastic waste. According to reports, the annual consumption of plastic bottles will top half a trillion by 2021, causing an environmental hazard as “dangerous as climate change.”

Haiti’s Plastic Bottle Epidemic

With limited access to fresh water, Haiti relies on bottled water to survive. This has resulted in a trash and sanitation epidemic on the island.

On January 23, 2010, a massive earthquake devastated Haiti. The months of relief effort that followed added to the abundance of plastic bottles on the island. The island was nearly buried beneath plastic trash!

HP To The Rescue

The situation grew critical until HP stepped in. HP has created a new demand for recycled bottle by using them to make new ink and toner cartridges. This has created job for some industrious Haitians who gather the plastic bottles scattered across the island and bring them to the local recycling center in exchange for cash.

Haiti’s “bottles for cash” incentive is part of HP’s Planet Partners return and recycling program. HP Planet Partners enables simple, convenient recycling of original HP ink and toner cartridges. Since 2000, more than 199 million pounds (90 million kilograms) of recycled plastic were used in manufacturing new original HP ink and toner cartridges, diverting almost 5,000 tractor-trailer loads of plastic from reaching oceans or landfills.

Recycled And Reused

All original HP ink and toner cartridges returned to HP Planet Partners are combined with other recycled plastics... like the empty water bottles collected from Haiti and other countries. They go through a multiphase, closed loop recycling process and are separated and refined for use as raw ingredients in new HP ink and toner cartridges.

How To Recycle Your HP Cartridges

Here’s how you can recycle your used HP ink or toner cartridges or Samsung toner cartridges with HP Planet Partners:

Toner:

  • Use the free shipping label enclosed in every new box of HP LaserJet toner cartridges that can be used to recycle one cartridge or a box of cartridges. If you have Samsung toner cartridges, you can drop them in this box too.
  • Drop off used HP or Samsung toner cartridges at any Staples store.
  • Drop off used HP ink cartridges at any Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy or Walmart store for free recycling.

Ink:

  • Drop off used HP ink cartridges at any Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy or Walmart store for free recycling.

Contact the HP Planet Partners call center at 1-800-340-2445 to order free recycling boxes or envelopes. Help is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm Eastern (closed on major U.S. holidays).

“Green” business practices play a key role in all of Toner Buzz’s business efforts. Whether it’s getting your ink and toner to last longer, or refilling your hungry printer with genuine, brand name ink and toner cartridges, Toner Buzz is your one-stop-shop for all OEM printing supplies.

The video below gives a more in-depth review of the process