HP Expands Ocean Plastics Program
New washing line in Haiti helps reduce ocean-bound plastic.
HP has invested $2 million in a new plastic washing line in Haiti that produces clean, high-quality recycled plastic for use in HP products, including Original HP ink cartridges and the company’s sustainable PC portfolio. This also opens up new markets for the Haiti team. As of today, the washing line is fully functioning thanks to the combined efforts and deep collaboration with Lavergne (HP’s plastics transformer), ECSSA (local Haiti recycler) and STF Group (the manufacturer of the washing line).
HP has been reducing ocean-bound plastic in Haiti since 2016, and these efforts have already diverted approximately 1.7 million lbs (771 metric tons) of plastic materials—or more than 60 million bottles— preventing this plastic from reaching waterways and oceans. Of that, more than 485,000 lbs (220 metric tons) have been diverted from oceans and are being upcycled into Original HP ink cartridges.
HP is also expanding its Planet Partners supplies return and recycling program to 68 countries, including Argentina, Chile, and Papua New Guinea. To date, the program has recycled over 875 million HP ink and toner cartridges.
“Like many global challenges of this year, the climate crisis reveals how interconnected we are,” said Guillaume Gerardin, global head and general manager of print supplies for HP. “Our goal is to enable and mobilize our partners and customers to join us in driving meaningful change and a more circular economy. That’s why we are committed to developing best-in-class initiatives like our HP Planet Partners program to reduce waste going into landfills and the opening of a new washline in Haiti to help reduce ocean-bound plastic.”
Plastic bottles are collected on streets and canals in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; intercepting the waste packaging before it could end up in the ocean.
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