Big Blue today was out waving its big green flag saying that over thee past four years its Global Asset Recovery Services IT equipment recycling arm processed 88,512 metric tons of end-of-life product and material through its de-manufacturing centers, a weight equivalent to 157 Airbuses; or over 1.6 fully loaded Titanic-sized luxury liners; or enough metal equivalent to the metal contained in more than three Eiffel Towers.
The company said from 2002 to 2007, over 9.8 million parts have been collected for potential reuse not to mention that the business unit now generates about $2 billion for IBM.
Some other interesting facts about IBM's Global Asset Recovery unit from 2003 through 2007:
IBM was one of five companies researchers at IDC this week recognized as leaders in the IT product recycling realm. The firm said Dell, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intechra, and Redemtech were the first recipients of IDC's Green Recycling and Asset Disposal for the Enterprise (GRADE.) certification. The certification process is based on 34 IT Asset Disposal related functions. IDC said among the most scrutinized areas in need of improvement today are guaranteeing zero landfill policy and full recyclability of retired materials. Additionally, providing a thorough accounting of asset disposal outcomes, in terms of cost, carbon emission control, toxic waste elimination, and visibility on export destinations are critical to be considered for the award.
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