HP uses only approved recycling vendors who meet our stringent recycling standards, and ensures that appropriate steps are taken to reduce any risks that could arise from improper handling, accidental breakage damage, and improper recycling of electronic and IT products. These risks can include worker exposure to substances, such as lead and mercury, that can be hazardous to human health in the event of improper dismantling procedures, as well as the potential release of hazardous materials to soil and water from improper disposal and landfilling of parts and components. To minimize these risks, HP provides detailed product end-of-life disassembly instructions for use by recyclers and treatment facilities.
HP has also developed hardware recycling standards that it requires all its recycling vendors to meet. The standards can be found at: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/environment/recycle/finalrecstds.pdf. They restrict hardware processing operations to vendors that are capable and experienced in handling hazardous materials; they also require our recycling vendors to avoid landfilling of certain hazardous products and components, maintain high standards of operations and security, and employ rigorous standards to control emissions from incineration activities.