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HP extends recycling programme to Middle East

HP has announced the expansion of its Planet Partners recycling programme to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria

The Planet Partners programme is a free service provided to HP customers to recycle printing supplies and has been around since 1991. Beginning in July, the Californian-based company will enable business customers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria to participate in the service currently offered in over 50 countries.

“Environmental responsibility has represented a core value of HP since the company’s earliest days,” explained Jean-Pierre Le Calvez, vice president, marketing of the Imaging and Printing Group at HP EMEA.

The technology giant operates the initiative through the Planet Partners website, with customers able to sign up by selecting ‘enterprise and public sector’ or the ‘SMB’ option and then specifying the number of empty print cartridges that need to be recycled. Following this, a collection box is sent to the business which is then collected by HP – when it is full – and taken to a cartridge recycling facility.

“IPG has made a strong contribution to helping companies reduce their environmental footprint through landmark initiatives such as the HP Planet Partners Program. With this latest expansion, we are delighted to be bringing this service to business customers for the first time in these critical growth markets,” added Le Calvez.

According to a statement released by HP, the turn-around time for used cartridge collection and delivery is five business days.