Recycling is an important part of our end-to-end sustainability strategy. We are committed to the recovery and recycling of the useful materials in our products, and keeping them out of landfills at the end of their life cycle.
Here you can Recycle your Microsoft Products.
See our recycling partners around the world.
We manage the complexity of the return and recycle phase by partnering with recycling organizations, joining forces with collection schemes , and working with retail stores and our OEM partners to facilitate the return and recycle process for consumers. Our Refurbished PC Program gives new life to PCs, which helps communities around the world. Millions of PCs and all types of consumer end-of-life electronics are being recycled through this network.
We belong to numerous recycling programs and producer responsibility organizations worldwide, covering electronics, batteries, and packaging. We comply with the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive’s (WEEE) requirements, and other applicable requirements in every market in which we sell devices.
The recycling partners directly contracted by Microsoft must meet our specification Microsoft Policy—Environmental Requirements for Proper Disposal. This policy includes;
a prohibition on landfilling product
a ban on exportation of e-waste to other countries.
Recyclers must be certified (for example, ISO 14001, R2, E-Steward) and conduct assessments of their downstream partners, as well as track the material types and quantities that recyclers process to final disposition, and provide a Certificate of Destruction.
of the materials in your devices can be used to make new products or generate energy
Please Remember this when Recycling
100% of the materials in your devices can be recovered and used to make new products or generate energy. Appropriate collection and recycling is essential to devices and packaging sustainability. We are working globally to make recycling options more accessible.
According to the reports in relation to the EU WEEE Directive, two thirds of e-waste disappears into non-official disposal channels where it may be either sold or disposed of as part of general waste.
We encourage you to responsibly recycle your electronics and packaging. Please find Microsoft sponsored recycling opportunities in your area that will enable you to recycle your hardware for free. Here you can Recycle your Microsoft Product. If a recycling solution is not yet listed, please contact your local city/municipal office, your household waste disposal service, or email us.
US_Voluntary recycling programs
We offer three types of free, voluntary recycling programs. These voluntary take-back and recycling programs are here to make recycling easier for you.
By mail in the United States
You can visit our recycler’s recycle hardware page, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or eRecycle@microsoft.com, or call 866-217-7329 and we will generate a postage-paid e-label for return to our contracted recycler.
All our Microsoft Retail Stores offer take-back of selected electronic devices turned in by consumers. Learn more at www.microsoftstore.com/recycle.
We want our employees to recycle responsibly too. For example, from 2010 to 2012, employees in Dublin, Ireland recycled 10,970 kilograms of their personal electrical and electronic waste items by bringing them into Microsoft where they were recycled as part of our “WEEE to Work” program. Employees find it much more convenient to drop off their e-waste on the way into the office rather than taking time out of their weekend to visit a local recycling point.
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