Re: [GRRN] Laying waste to Yugoslavia
Thu, 29 Apr 1999 12:43:07 -0800

On Corporate Earth Day Events.

Hewlett Packard Company always hosts fancy Earth Day events at their
largest sites here in California (Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara and I
assume in their Corporate offices in Palo Alto).

But, Hewlett Packard was just successful in taking language out of a
tonar cartridge bill that would ban the sale of single use tonar
cartridges. See Rick Best's CAW's comments below:

"Sorry to tell you but the ban on single use has been removed and now
the bill simply prohibits state agencies from buying single use
cartridges. Lexmark and HP came out in strong opposition to the bill and
that was the only way the bill had a chance of moving forward. The bill
passed Natural Resources Committee in the amended form and goes to the
Appropriations Committee in a couple of weeks. FYI - The bill is
sponsored by the Assoc. of CA Cartridge Remanufacturers, not CAW."

HP and other printer manufacturers make the bulk of their printer
division profits out of the sale of print cartridges and paper and not
on the actual printer itself. So you can see why HP wants to continue
to sell their new single use only cartridges.

I am an HP shareholder and attended our shareholder meeting last
February and asked what HP is doing to develop manufacture
responsibility programs. The President, Lew Platt explained to the
audience some of the programs HP has in Europe and said that they are
looking at what to do in the US.

I would suggest that you all tell HP that you are unhappy about their
lobbying effort and the sale of single use cartridges and that you
expect better from a company that is out on the lecture curcuit talking
about their better than 60% recycling rate.

by email

or by mail

Lew Platt
Chairman, President and CEO
Hewlett Packard Company
3000 Hanover
1501 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94034

HP has backed down before, back in the 1980's they sent out literature
telling printer purchasers that their warrentees would be voided if they
used a remanufactured cartridge. Pressure, (from whom) at the time
caused them to change this policy.

While HP makes good printers their is competition out there and you
might tell Mr. Platt that you'll by Brothers or Canon the next time you
purchase a printer.

Ann Schneider
Chair, CRRA's
Repair, Resale and Reuse Council