Printers contain both ABS and polystyrene plastic. Effectively separating this plastic to allow manufacturers to reuse this recycled material in producing next generation products is challenging. Working collaboratively with a printer OEM and committing to a large capital expenditure to improve our plastics separation technology, we have achieved a true closed loop solution for printer plastic. We are able to recycle printer plastic and provide a raw commodity that is being used to manufacture new printers. SRS is currently sourcing plastic globally from several of our SRS sites. This is a huge step forward in sustainable recycling as plastics are one of the most problematic materials to recycle from electronics.
SRS is committed to help drive “circular economy” initiatives with our clients. We help clients keep resources in use for as long as possible; extract the maximum value from those resources while in use; and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their useful life.
Linear Materials Model
The traditional linear materials economy model, where raw materials are mined, products are produced and landfilled at the end of their useful life has proven to be unsustainable as the earth’s population continues to grow and we consume more products.
Circular Economy Model
Moving from an unsustainable linear model to a circular model is the path forward to avoid depleting finite raw material resources. Reusing and recycling retired IT assets and electronics enables our clients to benefit from improved processes, better environmental outcomes and improvement to the bottom line.
On behalf of our clients, SRS is responsible for discarded electronics. We refurbish, repair, remanufacture and restore equipment for continued useful life. In addition to facilitating reuse of electronic equipment, SRS also recycles equipment, transforming waste to raw material. Recycling diverts material from landfill or incineration and provides a feedstock for making next generation products.
SRS can help companies reimagine the traditional materials economy model use of electronics to a closed loop sustainable model. We encourage a more strategic discussion with our clients on how to manage electronic product lifecycles, reimagine supply chains, extend product design and reuse and recycle products.
Working together, SRS and our clients can challenge conventional models of design, manufacturing, distribution, reuse, and recycling, in an increasingly global, value-driven, competitive, regulated and resource-challenged marketplace.
SRS engages collaboratively with global clients to re-examine business models, to strengthen current approaches, and to plan for continual evolution towards a circular model based upon knowledge about disposition of retired electronic assets and managing their movement through reverse supply chain.