One year into the launch of the Take Back Program across Australia and New Zealand, HP, together with Currie Group, have achieved promising progress in its work with Close the Loop.
So far the companies have saved over seven tonnes of plastic from landfill by offering sustainable recovery solutions to customers using HP Indigo digital presses as part of its commitment to lower the environmental impact of commercial printing and to minimise the waste of ink and toners that end up in landfill.
Through Close the Loop, they have collected 7.7 tonnes of metal HP Indigo Series 2 and 3 ink cans; one tonne of Series 4 plastic ink tubes for recycling; and 2300 BIDs, or 11.5 tonnes, which are being sent back to Israel for remanufacturing into new HP Indigo digital presses.
The Take Back Program is a global initiative that is committed to reducing the overall impact of HP Indigo print operations on the environment. In March 2019, the program launched in Australia and New Zealand, allowing all local HP Indigo users to recycle their used BIDs, ink cans and ink tubes through Close the Loop.
The sustainable solutions company facilitates a cost-free recycling process, from the collection of BIDs and used ink cans at local customer sites to the separation of materials. Recovered metal and plastic materials are cleaned and shredded as part of the recovery process before being sent for recycling and repurposing.
At the end of the process, metal materials are sent for recycling while plastic is sent to manufacturing vendors to be used in the creation of new products.
“The progress towards a more sustainable future cannot be achieved without working closely with our local customers and partners to explore innovative ways to recover and give new life to used materials,” HP South Pacific industrial country manager Craig Walmsley said.
“The Take Back Program is an important step in driving HP’s zero-waste-to-landfill commitment for printing supplies, and working closely with Currie Group and Close the Loop has been instrumental in making the Take Back Program so successful.”
According to Currie Group operations manager Marcus Robinson, sustainability initiatives have always been front of mind for the business.
“By working closely with HP on the Take Back Program, the results achieved have been tremendous. We encourage all HP Indigo users across Australia and New Zealand to join in this effort and congratulate participating customers on their own journey towards creating a sustainable future,” Robinson said.
To participate in the program, printers can register their business with Close the Loop by contacting hpplanetpartners.com.au in Australia and hpplanetpartners.co.nz in New Zealand. Once registered printers will be provided with a Contact ID which must be used to book all collections with Close the Loop.
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