Circular Economy

SLS 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 on knowledge about disposition of retired electronic assets and managing their movement through reverse supply chains.

Reuse and recycling of electronic equipment impacts the entire supply chain in a positive manner. Reuse extends the useful life of IT assets, resulting in less raw material being needed to manufacture new products. Decreased demand for raw materials means less strip mining and less energy consumed. It also results in decreased landfill waste.

Recycling obsolete electronics diverts material from landfill or incineration. SLS invests in innovative technology to produce clean recyclables that can be used as a feedstock to replace virgin raw materials in making new products.

Extracting more value from materials, through reuse and recycling, is a good economic decision and plays an important role in the circular economy.

Recognizing you manage what you measure, we have developed a sustainability calculator for measuring carbon savings by choosing to reuse and recycle electronics.

New Sustainability Calculator for IT and Data Center Assets

SLS’ Sustainability Calculator provides our clients with industry-leading environmental reporting when reusing, redeploying and recycling all types of IT equipment.

The calculator is powered by manufacturers’ data on the most commonly used IT equipment, including laptops, servers, PCs, monitors, networking equipment and printers, in addition to our own proprietary processing information. Clients are able to calculate carbon savings from their IT asset disposition program, which enables:

What is Reported?

Carbon savings from reuse of whole units and components, and recycling of IT equipment is reported from the calculator. In addition to tonnes of carbon saved, we also provide carbon savings equivalency metrics, which provide a user- friendly way to visualize the results.

The SLS Sustainability Calculator provides clients with transparent sustainability reporting suitable to contribute to corporate carbon accounting. Our robust and up-to-date data sets and transparent calculations provide proof points to withstand internal and external audits.

How It Works

The engine behind the calculator is independently sourced and verified and regularly updated. It includes more product categories than others on the market, including a wide range of cloud materials.

Benefits of Working with SLS

We provide accurate and complete quarterly reports to our clients, detailing carbon avoided by their current ITAD program. Because IT equipment continues to evolve, we recognize the importance of updating our calculator to stay in sync with the marketplace. We ensure that the information is current and relevant through regular maintenance and updates, including new product categories and the most current assay findings.

Reusing Assets Yields Significant Sustainability Gains

The new SLS Sustainability Calculator empowers our clients to quantify carbon savings not only from recycling, but also from the reuse of IT assets, an important differentiator from most calculators available. This matters because compared to recycling, the reuse of electronics results in significantly higher carbon savings.


Sustainability Report

To view the Sims Sustainability Report, or to learn more about our corporate sustainability goals and initiatives, visit the sustainability section of our corporate website, Sims Limited website.

Sustainability report

Top 100 Most Sustainable Company

For the seventh time, in January 2021, Sims Limited was ranked as one of the top 100 most sustainable companies in the world. Corporate Knights, an independent consultant, analyzed 8,080 companies against global industry peers on a suite of up to 24 quantitative key performance indicators, weighted to reflect each industry’s impact profile.

White Paper – Retired Electronics in a Circular Economy

An introduction to the Circular Economy and the role of retired electronics.

The white paper also covers which actions you can take today towards responsible reuse & recycling of end-of-life electronic products.

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Case Study – Making Recycling Sustainable and Profitable

Our work with an electronic OEM to develop a true closed loop solution for printer plastic is delivering tangible financial and sustainability results.

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Case Study – Developing Sustainable Partnerships

SLS works with clients to provide comprehensive services to ensure that end-of-life equipment is responsibly recycled on an international basis. Trusted and transparent, our services are compliant with global recycling standards.

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We Can Help

Learn more about how SLS works with clients to achieve better results from your ITAD and electronic recycling programs.

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