In terms of waste ownership, Birks said 44 per cent of it is owned by Byteback partners, including Apple, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, HP, Lenovo, Lexmark, and IBM. Another 29 per cent of the waste is contributed by other recognised brands, which include Acer, LG, NEC, Optima, Phillips, Samsung, SONY, Toshiba, and Viewsonic. The remaining 36 per cent are either unbranded or are owned by other smaller brands.
The Byteback programme has, at press time, diverted 1,125 tonnes of computer waste from landfill, avoided more than 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and salvaged more than 95 per cent of constituent materials of computers and their components for recycling.
Carol Ko is the Deputy Editor of MIS Asia and is chiefly responsible for covering stories of CIOs and senior IT managers in North Asia. She is interested in exploring effective corporate management strategies and exemplary IT deployments in emerging Asian economies.
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