Our approach to the product life cycle

The people and organizations we empower inspire innovation from start to finish. That’s why Microsoft is reducing our environmental footprint through sustainable packaging, scientific design, and industry partnerships. Our commitment can be seen across small things, like providing more customer resources online to reduce the use of paper, using more recycled and bio-based packaging materials, and clearly marking separable components. This commitment can also be seen across larger initiatives, like reducing our logistics and manufacturing footprint, sourcing raw materials responsibly, and harvesting and recycling the useful materials in our products to keep them out of landfills. And we’re constantly evaluating the impact these actions have through life cycle assessment.

Microsoft consumer eWaste recycling volumes
Year
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Kilograms (millions)
8,021,652
9,302,664
10,008,012
11,848,713
12,038,615

Device recycling

We manage the complexity of the return-and-recycle phase by partnering with contracted recycling partners, collection schemes, Microsoft stores, and OEM partners.

Our involvement

We belong to more than 150 producer responsibility organizations worldwide, covering used electronics, batteries, and packaging.

Environmental compliance

We comply with the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directives (WEEE) requirements, and other applicable requirements everywhere we sell devices.

Decreasing our environmental footprint and our sustainability process

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