Hewlett Packard Reusing The Plastic From Its Printer Cartridges

2010-04-21 16:32:18

Published on 2010-04-21 16:32:18

Hewlett-Packard is making changes to the ways it recycles used printer cartridges to make better use of the plastic.

The Daily Green highlights that the IT corporation is now dismantling the cartridges rather than shredding them.

Not only is this preventing a contaminated mix of plastic, paper and metal, but is also returning them with a 50 per cent greater yield of recovered plastic.

Hewlett-Packard's Dean Miller explained to the news provider: "The cartridges come back to recycling facilities where we shred the cartridges and extract the plastic from them.

"There is further refinement that is necessary, where we get the plastic output up to a quality so we will be able to put it back into our cartridges."

Mr Miller added that the shredded cartridges are combined with recycled plastic resin before being compounded together.

Meanwhile, special chemical additives are also added into the combination to ensure that the plastic returns to being strong and flexible.

Hewlett-Packard provides ink cartridges that can be used with Deskjet, Photosmart, Officejet and Deskwriter printers.

by Barry Ashmore

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