Geoffrey Cottrell, Senior Project Manager Sims Lifecycle Services (SLS) will address problem solving strategies for the e-waste sector at Companies For Zero Waste’s Virtual Round Table on February 11th and discuss how SLS is providing solutions to extend the life of IT and electronic devices, and the company recognizes the value in end-of-life electronic assets, components and materials.
Companies today are seeking an integrated e-waste recycling and IT asset disposition (ITAD) program which supports corporate compliance programs, data security mandates, financial return on assets and environmental best practices and Sims Lifecycle Services is a global leader in data center hardware circularity, IT asset disposition (ITAD), and electronics recycling.
At CZW’s upcoming Virtual Round Table, Geoff will discuss investigations currently being done to find solutions to ensure extended life period, beyond the norm, when something is just pushed down the road for reuse or recycling, addressing questions such as how to do we keep it from becoming null, or thrown away, and how it can be reused for something else.
With reusing, Geoffrey says, energy is saved, “All of the electricity and the water, etc., we avoid all of those things that have to go into making a new piece of equipment. For example, in the situation where an older server comes in to a sever distribution company and that server is sold, the server life expectancy that companies are looking at it is typically three to five years. Once they are done with the server, the companies get rid of it, and that is the end of its usage. However, if that server can have an additional two to three years of more in the world – that is one server that doesn’t have to be built.”
Extended Life Expectancy Beyond Recycle and Reuse
Extending the life expectancy even further happens with parts harvesting, breaking down to individual parts to be used in other equipment, Geoffrey says the parts separately last longer, compared to recycling, or even reusing the server as a whole.
“Sims Lifecycle Services provides every level of service to reusing, to parts harvesting and looking further into parts, to continue to give them an “extended life” where they are not just getting recycled, they are separated, and being made into other things and extending usage to other whole parts.”Geoffrey Cottrell, Sims Lifecycle Services Senior Project Manager
“With recycling, although you are still recovering something from it,” Geoffrey states, “we should consider all of the activities that could happen ahead of time, to make sure as many parts as possible are getting reused for the longest period of time, and take the steps to evaluate something, and fully understanding where it has the most impact to the world and to people. What we can recover, we are not having to make new or harvest new from the Earth.”
A problem facing the e-waste sector today, is that when something is too old for the tech sector many ITAD companies are not prepared, or do not know what to do with it.
“Generally the best alternative is to shred into specific commodities and get those reintroduced into the market. This can have a huge positive impact because new materials don’t need to be mined/produced, saving energy and human capital, which is good for the Earth.”
“Most important thing is to work with a partner that can provide the best service levels for you as a company and also do the best thing for the environment and the world.”Geoffrey Cottrell
CZW Supply Chain Solving Problem Workshop:
Virtual Round Table on February 11th 2021
Measuring circularity in your supply chain,
creating a blueprint for supply chain transformation.
Sims Lifecycle Services announced last month, its inclusion for the third time in the latest Market Guide for IT Asset Disposition report. Published by Gartner, the Market Guide is designed to help IT leaders identify the right ITAD processes and vendors for their requirements.