The Millennium Year 2000 was written when Hewlett Packard launched his ingenious program torecycle its own printer cartridges. As a consumer, in most cases, you do not have to worry about where the empty ink cartridges end up after they have done their work in the printer. In addition, they are only disposed of by the fewest consumers as what they are: hazardous waste.
Anders HP himself. There were even green-white envelopes, with which one could send its empty printer cartridges to the collecting points following printerhall.com. They are still drifting between five and twenty empty cartridges in the recycling center.
HP Cartridge Recycling-Not Just Melting
The HP Recycling Center in the US state of Tennessee is located near Nashville. More specifically, the approximately 80,000 square kilometer facility is located in Smyrna. It is the heart of the closed recycling cycle of Hewlett Packard. The processing plant has been in operation since 2001. HP has been manufacturing completely recycled cartridges since 2005. It also highlights the advantages of using high-quality plastics in the printer cartridges for economy and the environment.
Shredding the printer cartridges is a thing of the past in Smyrna. First, the empty cartridges are pelletized from their shipping packages. Then they are sorted by a machine. Subsequently, they are gradually separated from their components by intelligent automata, after the remaining ink has been thoroughly removed. What can not be re-used directly goes into another plant near Montreal. There, the materials are melted and processed separately.
The Advantages Of The Closed Recycling Circuit Of The HP Printer Cartridges
The melting of high-quality plastic consumes less energy than the new production. Even less water is needed. Both benefits the environment. In the printer cartridges, valuable precious metals such as palladium and gold are contained. Their occurrence on the earth is of a limited nature, so that recycling also makes an economic sense. The advantage of this is that less toxic substances are released during the melting process than during the new generation.
The Figures For HP Recycling Speak For Themselves
HP itself assumes that many of the ink cartridges recycled in Smyrna are not just the second, but the ninth or tenth life cycle before them. In the period from 2007 to 2001, more than 50 million kilograms of plastic could be recycled. The year 2011 alone accounts for about 15 million kilograms. The landfill was spared more than 511 million copies of cartridges and toner cartridges through the closed cycle of HP ink cartridge recycling.
With this recycling program, HP successfully tried to recover lost market shares. The effort involved in establishing this sophisticated machine has paid off in every respect. And it is to be hoped that this example will make school.
My Somewhat Different View
Basically, the approach of HP is of course praiseworthy, since it actively contributes to environmental protection. However, HP probably started this recycling program not only for reasons of environmental protection. HP has been facing a major problem with recycled ink cartridges offered by alternative cartridge recyclers as refill ink cartridges for years. These cartridges are much cheaper than the HP original cartridges and, if you know the right recyclers, have an absolutely comparable print quality. Alternative cartridge recyclers rely on empty HP original cartridges, which are usually collected and sold by empties brokers. From these empty HP original cartridges refill cartridges are manufactured and sold , for example, via tintenalarm.de.
The HP original cartridges with integrated print head can not be reproduced for patent reasons. Therefore, alternative cartridge recyclers also rely on the empties and can not evade the cartridge.
Since HP is now attaching to their cartridges this return bag, of course, less empty cartridges come to the free market. This results in a shortage of empties and the prices for empty cartridges are automatically rising. Because of the higher prices for the empties, the prices for the finished refill cartridges are also increased and therefore the price advantage to the HP original cartridges is not so great. As a result of the recycling program applied, HP has achieved several advantages for itself: you get a good press and you can boast an active environmental protection, while at the same time achieving a scarcity of the empties and thus an advantage against the alternative cartridge recyclers.
For reasons of environmental protection, it is certainly more resource-saving if the empty cartridges are not melted, but collected and then refilled and thus a further patrony cycle is made possible.