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HP targets recycling figures of 450,000 tonnes

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has set a target of recycling 450,000 tonnes of electrical products by 2007.

While the intentions of printer companies have been under scrutiny of late, HP’s recycling programme, Planet Partners aims to offer end-of-life return services throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

As a trial run ahead of the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), the company is to offer residents in the London Borough of Lambeth the chance to dispose of their domestic goods and electrical equipment free of charge.

HP UK environmental manager Bruno Zago said: “This event is a great opportunity to show people how easy it is to recycle old electrical items at no cost. HP is delighted to be involved in giving consumers the chance to use the local facilities available to recycle their electrical goods.

“We are also treating this event as a trial run ahead of the implementation of the WEEE directive in the UK when companies like HP will need to work closely with local authorities and recycling partners to enable members of the public to recycle electrical and electronic equipment.”

In conjunction with London Remade, Lambeth Council, Recycle Western Riverside, Valpak and Technowaste, the general public will be invited to dispose of unwanted or broken computer equipment.

The event, being held at the Recycling and Reuse Centre, West Norwood on 18 March has also been extended to include any domestic and consumer appliances with a plug, including TV monitors, toasters, kettles, radios, video recorders and games consoles.

London Remade senior project manager Gianluca Forlani said: “The recycling event at West Norwood demonstrates a great partnership working between the local authority and industry groups.

“It is a good example of best practice operating across both the public and private sectors. Together we are showing support for the imminent WEEE Directive legislation and proactively taking responsibility for recycling initiatives.”

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