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HP sets up pilot e-waste recycling project

HP sets up pilot e-waste recycling project

Businesses looking to go green and become more environmentally friendly may be interested to learn of a new scheme which has been set up by computer hardware firm HP.

The company has established a pilot e-waste recycling project in Cape Town which has had successful results and generated an income of $14,000 (£9,839) in nine months.

By working with the Global Digital Solidarity Fund and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa), HP hoped to encourage local businesses to tackle the problem of e-waste as Africa is often used as a prime location for dumping old IT equipment.

It is hoped that the project can now progress and engage governments in extending e-waste programmes.

Project manager and Empa researcher Mathias Schluep said: "By providing tools and training we have removed potential environmental and health problems that can be caused by handling e-waste incorrectly."

BusinessGreen.com recently claimed that increasing number of firms are adopting greener working practices as they can help to save money as well as the environment.

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