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Ingram Micro ups its e-waste game


IRVINE, California – Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services, through its IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) services, has committed to waste-neutral disposal of its employee notebooks sold on the secondary market.

The lifespan of employee notebooks is extended through secondary market sales; however, Ingram Micro cannot ensure that they are disposed responsibly at end-of-life. To compensate, Ingram Micro has enrolled Closing the Loop, a sustainable solution provider that collects electronic waste from developing countries and ensures that it is responsibly recycled.

An estimated 12,000 used cellphones phones will be diverted as Closing the Loop removes the phone-weight-equivalent of its employee notebooks from e-waste streams.

“As an industry leader in reverse logistics and ITAD services, it is important to act responsibly and try to compensate for e-waste beyond our control. Working with Closing the Loop to compensate for the impact of our employee notebooks is an additional positive step in our ongoing effort to raise awareness and change the way electronics are handled after initial use,” said Todd Zegers, vice-president of reverse logistics and ITAD, Ingram Micro.

“As affiliates of the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling, we’re also working with industry leaders and the U.S. government on legislation to help drive more recycling within U.S. borders, rather than exporting devices overseas where we can’t ensure responsible recycling and waste disposal.”

Ingram Micro is also examining how to reduce global e-waste streams more significantly by enabling other organizations to leverage Closing the Loop’s services. The relationship also supports UN sustainable development goal #12, targeting responsible consumption and production.

Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services’ ITAD group is a worldwide provider of enterprise IT asset disposition (ITAD), lifecycle support services, onsite data destruction, IT asset repair and reuse, and e-waste recycling services.

Founded in 2012 by Joost de Kluijver, Closing the Loop offers users, buyers and sellers of IT hardware a way to engage in sustainable consumption for their devices. The award-winning social enterprise developed an NGO supported service known as waste-compensation. It collects African scrap phones on behalf of customers. By recycling e-waste on their behalf, CTL compensates the waste-footprint of its customers’ devices.


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