By Adam Coleman

SYDNEY: Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Domayne organised a free computer recycling initiative last weekend, which prevented more than 176 pallets and an estimated 40 tonnes of unwanted IT equipment from going to landfill.

A total of 1300 people filled the pallets with unwanted IT equipment from various manufacturers, for environmentally sound recycling.

For the first time HP and Domayne partnered to provide incentives for consumers in New South to recycle their unwanted IT equipment. Upon returning products, participants received a 25 per cent discount on new purchases of HP imaging and printing hardware (single and multifunction printers) and a 10 per cent discount on HP/Compaq desktop and notebook PCs.

More than 870 printers, 1230 computer monitors, 1440 PCs and over 2600 other IT products and accessories were returned to both HP and Domayne at various locations in NSW.

“Raising awareness of the importance of IT equipment recycling should not be underestimated. The success of this program is evident in the amount of tonnes of waste we have diverted going to landfill,” said HP South Pacific – environmental manager, Annukka Sairanen.

HP will now recycle the equipment ensuring different materials – including plastics and metals – are recovered and used in the production of new products.

“The collaboration between HP and Domayne has successfully increased awareness about the importance of IT equipment recycling as a key environmental issue,” said Domayne general manager, Rodney Orrock.

“HP’s recycling partnership with Domayne has been a great success. IT recycling is a key environmental concern for the community and it is impressive to see the community getting behind initiatives such as this,” said Sairanen.