Hewlett Packard doubles recycling targets

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Hewlett Packard doubles recycling targets

Antony Savvas

Hewlett Packard says it has met its recycling target six months early, and it has now doubled the target to around 2bn pounds of material by 2010.

HP set a £1bn recycling target in 2004, and it says it has now met this target earlier than expected, with plastics, metals and other materials being turned into many non-PC items including serving trays, fence posts, roof tiles, toys and car body parts.

"Environmental responsibility is good business," said Mark Hurd, HP chief executive.  "We have reached the tipping point where the price and performance of IT are no longer compromised by being green, but are now enhanced by it."

In the EMEA region, HP recycled more than £200m of hardware in the past three years through conventional take-back schemes, as well as through consumer and HP employee events.

Most recently, HP has begun take-back collections where it teams up with local organisations to provide refurbished computers to local charities.

In 2006 alone, HP says it recovered £187m of electronics globally, which it says is 73% more than closest competitor IBM.

Like IBM and the other IT suppliers in the UK, HP is now subject to working under the recently adopted WEEE electrical and electronic waste recycling directive, which recently became law.

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