Yes. Although our facilities do not generate large amounts of waste, we employ a global policy of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” that supports our company-wide shift toward a circular economy. Our goal is to achieve zero waste in HP operations by 2025. In 2020, we achieved an 85.2% landfill diversion rate globally, and only use disposal as a last resort. The COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted waste management processes, which lowered our global diversion rate from 91.8% in 2019. We reuse electronic equipment when possible or recycle it responsibly through the same programs we offer customers.
HP generated 14,200 tonnes of non-hazardous waste in 20201, as well as 400 tonnes of used electronic equipment recovered from HP operations. This data is not comparable to the data reported for 2017 and 2018, since it is based on an updated methodology.
We generated 6,060 tonnes of hazardous waste in 2020. The main hazardous waste we generate is liquid from ink manufacturing facilities. These manufacturing sites prioritize waste management options with low environmental impacts and only use disposal as a last resort. Although ink manufacturing is a source of hazardous waste, HP ink cartridges used by customers and in our offices can be recycled and are considered non-hazardous in many of our major markets.
To learn more about HP Operations waste generation, see the Operations section of the HP Sustainable Impact Report at www.hp.com/go/report..
1 Beginning in 2019, HP directly tracks nonhazardous waste data for the company’s highest energy-consuming sites globally (22 in 2020) that account for 81% of HP’s operational waste. These sites provide a representative sample of the main types of facilities in our portfolio from across the regions where we operate.