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New Yorkers, Take Action: NBC Universal, HP and Staples Make it Easy to Recycle Outdated Technology During Earth WeekResidents encouraged to recycle as part of NBC Universal's "Green is Universal" effortNEW YORK, Apr 21, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, more and more
consumers are looking to replace their outdated equipment with new,
energy-efficient products. However, with technology constituting 70
percent of landfill toxic waste, it is vital for consumers to
understand the importance of recycling technology in an
environmentally responsible manner.
To make recycling easier, NBC Universal, HP, the world's largest
technology company, Staples, the world's largest office products
company, the Environmental Media Association and Electronic Recyclers
are partnering to encourage New Yorkers to recycle their outdated
technology for free. This is part of NBC Universal's ongoing "Green is
Universal" effort surrounding Earth Week.
Kicking off the campaign on NBC's TODAY Show on April 21, HP and
Staples will place bins at Rockefeller Center Plaza April 21 - 25 for
consumers to safely dispose of their computers, cell phones and other
technology at no charge. Students from the New York School of Visual
Arts will be on the Plaza to create a mosaic with the donated
products. At the culmination of the week-long recycling event, the
TODAY Show will announce the tally of items collected at the Plaza.
"At HP, we take a full-lifecycle approach to our product design,
from engineering products with environmentally friendly,
energy-efficient materials to working with partners like Staples to
take back products when it's time," said Satjiv Chahil, senior vice
president of marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. "As an
environmental leader for decades, HP embraces our responsibility to
the environment and we encourage New Yorkers, and technology lovers
around the globe, to do the same."
Consumers can also drop off technology for free recycling at
Staples' 76 stores in the five boroughs and Long Island through April
27.(1) Through May 3, Staples is offering customers across the country
$50 off a new, energy-efficient HP printer when customers bring any
old printer into stores for recycling, as well as rebates of up to
$150 on select HP computers.(2)
"Offering everyday recycling is one of the ways Staples makes it
easy for our customers to protect the environment, what we call Eco
Easy," said Scott Rankin, vice president of technology merchandising
for Staples. "We are excited to work with HP and NBC to give New York
City businesses and residents an easy way to take action against the
growing problem of e-waste."
For those living outside the tri-state area who want to recycle
small electronics, the EMA is providing postage paid envelopes
available at www.greenisuniversal.com/greenscreens. In addition,
Electronic Recyclers encourages consumers to call 1-800-RECYCLING to
find drop-off stations in their area. For more information, consumers
are encouraged to visit www.greenisuniversal.com/greenscreens.
Both HP and Staples have long-standing commitments to
environmental sustainability. HP's Design for Environment program
includes initiatives to reduce the energy and amount of materials
needed to manufacture, ship and use its products, as well as design
equipment that is easier to upgrade or recycle. HP offers more than a
thousand PCs, printers and other products that meet the standards of
key environmental programs such as U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's ENERGY STAR eco-label or the EPEAT environmental registry,
and their equivalent in countries around the globe.
Staples offers more than 3,000 eco-friendly products and provides
everyday recycling for computers, office technology, personal
electronics and ink and toner cartridges at Staples stores and at
Staples.com(R). In addition, Staples has made significant investments
in energy conservation and renewable energy to reduce the effects of
its energy use on the environment. For more on Staples' environmental
initiatives, please visit www.staples.com/ecoeasy.
HP and the environment
For decades HP has worked to manage its environmental impact by
adopting environmentally responsible practices in product development,
operations and supply chain. The company strives to be a global leader
in reducing its carbon footprint, limiting waste and recycling
responsibly. HP's efforts earned it recognition as one of Fortune
Magazine's "Ten Green Giants" in April 2007. More information about
the company's work in relation to the environment is available at
Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and
today is the world's largest office products company. With 76,000
talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy
a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology,
furniture, and business services. With 2007 sales of $19.4 billion,
Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based
businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries throughout North
and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston,
Staples operates more than 2,000 office superstores and also serves
its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract
businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its
customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With
a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software,
services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT
companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal
quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is
available at www.hp.com.
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is available at www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/.
(1) Limit 2 computers per person per day. See stores for terms and
(2) New printer (min. price $159) must be purchased at same time
as old printer is recycled. Printer offer ends 05/03/08 and is not
combinable with other offers.
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