Product recycling programs

Product end-of-life management programs

As part of its product end-of-life management (PELM) activities, IBM began offering product takeback programs in Europe in 1989 and has extended and enhanced them over the years. IBM's Global Asset Recovery Services organization offers asset recovery solutions to commercial customers in countries where IBM does business. This includes the management of data security and disk overwrite services, a worldwide remarketing network for product resale, state-of-the-art refurbishing and recycling capability for IT equipment, and optional logistic services such as packing and transportation.

In many countries and US states, we offer solutions for the end-of-life management of computer equipment, either through voluntary IBM initiatives or programs in which we participate.

In 2014, the total weight of end-of-life products and product waste processed by these operations was approximately 32,000 metric tons (70.5 million pounds). This represents 76 percent of the estimated 42,000 metric tons of new IBM IT equipment put on the market in 2014.

IBM's voluntary environmental goal is to reuse or recycle end-of-life products such that the amount of product waste sent by our PELM operations to landfills or to incineration facilities for treatment does not exceed a combined 3 percent of the total amount processed.

IBM's global PELM operations sent approximately 0.5 percent by weight of end-of-life products and product waste directly to landfill or incineration as a disposal treatment in 2014, versus a target of not exceeding 3 percent. IBM has sent less than 1 percent of the PELM processed annually to landfill or incineration as a final treatment since 2006.

Of the 32,000 metric tons processed by IBM PELM operations worldwide, 54.9 percent was recycled as materials, 34.9 percent was resold as products, 6.8 percent was product reused by IBM, 2.9 percent was incinerated for energy recovery, and an estimated 0.5 percent was sent to landfills or incinerated for final disposal.

From 1995, when we first began including product recovery in our annual corporate environmental report, through the end of 2014, IBM has documented the collection and processing of approximately 945,000 metric tons (about 2.1 billion pounds) of product and product waste worldwide.

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Information for recyclers under the WEEE Directive

Upon request, and in accordance with Article 11 of the EU Directive 2002/96 (EC) on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and its respective transpositions into national law of the EU Member States, IBM will provide information to recyclers in accordance with the 'EICTA, CECED, AeA and EERA Joint Position Guidance on Implementing Article 11 of Directive 2002/96 (EC) Concerning Information for Treatment Facilities'. In order for the request to be processed, requests must be submitted in English and include the following information:

Company Name/Country:
Authorization/permit #:
E-mail address:
Contact name:

Please direct your inquiry to one of the following:

For information on IBM stand-alone and multifunction printers, visit the InfoPrint Solutions Company WEEE Compliance Web page.

For information on IBM Retail Store products (including printers integrated into these systems), please contact

For information on IBM servers and storage systems products, please contact

For information on other IBM products (including printers integrated into these systems), please contact

Product take back for recycling (United States)

Several U.S. states require manufacturers to create programs for no-charge product recycling for certain electronic equipment (e.g., personal computers, computer monitors and related accessories, etc.) that they have manufactured and sold.

IBM participates in a variety of product take back for recycling programs, including programs in certain states where individuals can ship their IBM computer products and peripherals through The UPS Store® and participating Mail Boxes Etc.® network to IBM recyclers.

For more information, visit the IBM Product Take Back for Recycling website.

Printer Supplies Return Program

Information about the InfoPrint Workgroup Printer Supplies Return Program can be found on the InfoPrint Solutions Company Supplies page.