15 May 2012

HP opens technology renewal centre to target e-waste

HP has announced the opening of a technology renewal centre in Scotland to help combat the problem of electronic waste.

Owned and operated by HP Financial Services, the 8,400sq ft facility will provide customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with asset management and recovery services that span reverse logistics, remarketing and recycling of IT equipment.

The centre will enable government and enterprise customers to acquire certified legacy HP products and safely refresh or recycle end of life technology, regardless of equipment type or manufacturer. It also aims to reduce potential e-waste by renewing older IT equipment that would otherwise end up in landfills.

"HP Financial Services manages and remarkets more than 2.3million legacy IT assets each year," said Jim O'Grady, director, global asset management, HP Financial Services. "Equipped to handle the strategic requirements of enterprises large and small, the Erskine facility will enable HP Financial Services to significantly expand the global capabilities, asset management and recycling services we provide our customers."

The company says that IT equipment processed at the facility will be put through a rigorous renewal process that includes reconditioning, testing and certifying assets back to original manufacturing standards before they are remarketed or rebuilt. Assets with no remaining residual value will be decommissioned in accordance with legislation.

The news comes after Microsoft's recent announcement to become carbon neutral by July this year in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint.

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Simon Fogg

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