Product reuse and recycling

Total reuse and recycling combined

In 2011, we recovered 160,600 tonnes of hardware and supplies. This included a) approximately 3.44 million hardware units weighing 26,700 tonnes (58.9 million pounds) for reuse and remarketing, nearly 65% returned by business customers, and b) approximately 133,900 tonnes (295 million pounds) for recycling, including more than 57 million ink and toner cartridges. More than 60% of recycling volume by weight was returned by consumers.

Total reuse and recycling combined [tonnes, approximate]
Reuse of equipment7
29,000 34,000 30,000 30,000 26,700
Recycling-hardware and supplies
113,000 119,000 112,000 121,000 133,900
Total
142,000 153,000 142,000 151,000 160,600
  1. 7 The decrease in tonnage from 2007 – 2011 is due to a reduction in the average weight of returned units, rather than a decline in the total number of returned units. Returned units during that period were: 2007: 2.96 million units; 2008: 3.46 million units; 2009: 3.58 million units; 2010: 3.81 million units; 2011: 3.44 million units.