Through the programme, businesses are encouraged to dispose of their electronic waste, which will be collected and recycled by HP.
HP South Africa managing director, Oliver Fortuin, said the company would use HP-approved hardware logistics and recycling vendors that were compliant with local legislation and HP’s global recycling and environmental standards. All vendors would be audited by HP on an ongoing basis as part of a vendor performance program.
He said services by HP South Africa would include collection and recycling of single loads in excess of 250 kg in the greater Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban areas.
“Additional chargeable services are available to business customers such as logistics for smaller loads, secure data destruction, equipment removal and packaging. If requested, Secure Data Destruction is carried out in accordance with strict HP global standards,” said Fortuin.
He said HP was intent on helping business customers seeking to dispose of and recycle end-of-life IT hardware.
“As one of the major IT hardware suppliers in South Africa, we believe it is our duty to offer this valuable service to customers, efficient and cost-effective, and environmental responsible manner,” says Fortuin.
He said the South African programme represents the 52nd country where HP has introduced recycling services as part of its ongoing commitment towards environmental responsibility and the conscientious handling of E-waste.
A pilot project in Cape Town is already underway, and has created new employment by equipping people with the training and equipment to dismantle electronic waste safely and responsibly.