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Progress in the Circular Economy

Closed-loop processes that upcycle ink and toner printer cartridges and ocean-bound plastic bottles into new products are reducing plastic waste and creating sustainable impact for local communities.

Published 12-03-20

Submitted by HP Inc.

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An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year—on top of the 150 million metric tons already floating around, according to scientific studies by Ocean Conservancy. Eradicating this waste is one of the world’s most pressing challenges, and companies in every industry are implementing circular-economy processes that revive “end of life” materials for other purposes.

HP Inc. has pioneered circular models for more than two decades through efforts including HP Planet Partners, a print cartridge recycling program enabled by networks HP built around the world. So far, the program has recycled more than 875 million HP ink and toner cartridges and turned them into new supplies. The effort—which lets customers return spent supplies free of charge—spans 68 countries and territories.

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