print cartridge recovery
Customers interested in recycling their genuine HP print cartridges can participate in HP's
empty print cartridge return and recycle program. HP offers this program in more countries/
regions than any other print cartridge manufacturer in the world. This program is provided
as a free service to HP customers as an environmentally sound solution for these products
at end-of-life. It is not available in all countries/regions.
To participate, simply request postage-paid return envelopes or bulk boxes via the Web at
Because HP's unique recycling processes are very sensitive to material contamination, we
cannot take back and recycle cartridges from other manufacturers. The end products of the
recycling process are used in the manufacture of new products, and HP must ensure the
composition of the material is consistent. To do that, we recycle only HP original cartridges.
This program does not extend to refilled cartridges.
Returned cartridges are separated for purification into raw materials for use in other
industries to manufacture new products. Examples of products made from recycled HP
print cartridge materials include automobile parts, trays used in microchip fabrication
processes, copper wire, steel plates, and the precious materials used in electronics.
Depending on the model, HP is able to recycle up to 65% of the print cartridge by weight.
The remaining parts that cannot be recycled (ink, foam, and composite parts) are disposed
of in an environmentally responsible manner.