Yet another Original Equipment Manufacturer has decided to update their corporate policy to attempt to curb exports of their equipment for the purpose of scrap recovery. Today, HP issued a statement saying that they DO NOT permit electronic waste to be exported from developed (member) countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) to developing (non-OECD/EU) countries, either directly or through intermediaries.
The policy allows the export of materials defined as non-hazardous by the Basel Convention, which includes: New equipment going for use or sale; fully functional equipment and parts that are adequately tested, certified and labeled as working; Non-hazardous waste such as copper; electronic equipment or materials that are to be used as a direct feedstock in manufacturing without further processing or preparation.
HP says e-waste processed by the company and its authorized vendors is tracked and documented through the entire chain of custody until final disposition. Companies like Capitol Asset Recycling, Inc., who happened to process tens of thousands of HP merchandise per year also play a major role in this chain of custody as well. Capitol Asset Recycling makes sure that all of its electronic reprocessors sign, in writing, that they do not export any e-waste to countries on the restricted list.
Last May, Dell issued its ban on the export of electronic waste including non-working electronics to developing countries as part of its global policy on responsible electronics disposal.
For more information about the Basel Convention and the article the above information was summarized from please click here.