“There is a huge demand for sustainable e-waste solutions for datacenter equipment. As the collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch education and research, SURF supports education and research institutions in making their IT more sustainable. This includes the sustainable disposal of hardware. We encourage people from research and education institutes to exchange knowledge with us on this subject.”
Unique closed-loop program for recycling electronic waste
Electronic equipment that is at the end of its useful life at SURF is sent to SRS for disposition. Where possible assets are refurbished and made available for resale as whole units in a unique, closed-loop programme. They are resold to end users, who are obliged to trade in their own used electronic assets in return, thus receiving a discount on their purchases. For every unit that is sold a comparable unit is handed in for responsible recycling, one-for-one.
This innovative partnership optimises the usable life of SURF’s equipment as well as encouraging reuse and attracting more volume of materials for recycling. If reuse is not economically feasible the units are broken down for reusable parts and components or shredded to recover and recycle base materials for remanufacturing.
Electronic waste from SURF might consist of servers, storage hardware, or network equipment from the datacenter. Before the equipment is recycled, all data is wiped. SURFsara is committed to taking full responsibility for the IT assets they use. The goal is reducing e-waste to zero.
“SRS is delighted to work with SURF on this project. SURF’s pledge to incentivise the return of e-waste in addition to managing their own end of life equipment demonstrates their commitment to sustainable and responsible electronics use. It’s a simple way to contribute to managing the world’s e-waste problem and one that many organisations could adopt”.
About Sims Recycling Solutions
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) serves local, national and global clients across a range of industries, to securely and responsibly recycle and manage the disposition of IT equipment and electronic products. The IT asset disposition (ITAD) and electronics recycling services offered at SRS ensure clients of data security, brand protection and maximum IT value recovery, while optimizing material reuse and supporting the circular economy.
SRS’ network of wholly-owned facilities paired with select subcontractors creates a systematic approach with the global reach, expertise and infrastructure necessary to provide a complete solution for e-waste disposition, anywhere in the world. As a part of Sims Metal Management Limited, the world’s leading publicly listed metals and electronics recycler we have a goal to be “the world’s best, safest and most responsible recycling company”.
For more information please visit www.simsrecycling.com.