October 2, 2006

Hewlett-Packard (Canada), Staples offer printer take-back program

MISSISSAUGA, ONT-Hewlett-Packard (Canada) last week launched a two-week printer take-back program, in conjunction with Staples Business Depot Canada. Running from September 27 through October 10, the program allows consumers and businesses purchasing select HP printers to drop off their old printers or printer parts at any Staples Business Depot retail outlet for recycling, free of charge. All returned printers and printer components will be accepted, regardless of manufacturer, and will be recycled through Noranda Recycling, HP Canada's partner in its end-of-life electronics program. Participating consumers will also receive an instant rebate on select HP printers. Figures from Environment Canada indicate that more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic equipment accumulate in Canadian landfills each year, and that is expected to triple by 2010 when Canada's homes and businesses will collectively produce more than 400,000 tonnes of e-waste. HP Canada sends electronic hardware to Noranda's recycling plant in Brampton, Ontario. The facility can recycle 10,000 pounds of electronics per hour. More information about HP Canada's recycling program is available on-line at www.hp.ca/recycle.

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