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Follow-up: New, environmentally friendly take-back service for IT hardware at SLU

Published: 14 February 2023

As of autumn 2020, our IT supplier Atea offers a take-back service that is both safe and environmentally friendly. The aim is to recycle or reuse 100% of IT hardware. In 2022, more than 50% was taken back, a fast and positive improvement during the first two years of this service.

The manufacturing process accounts for the largest share of the climate impact caused by IT hardware. Using the take-back service provided by Altea, our procured supplier of IT hardware, to return equipment such as computers and smartphones, we have saved over 428 tonnes of CO2 equivalents. The take-back service also means an overall reduction of the environmental impact.

SLU has taken up the challenge in the Uppsala Climate Protocol and is aiming for a 100% take-back rate of purchased IT hardware by 2030 at the latest. A 100% take-back rate means that all IT hardware that SLU procures, buys or otherwise handles is returned through a take-back service and reused or recycled.

“The Uppsala Climate Protocol has an interim target for 2023, a take-back rate of at least 40%. In 2022, SLU achieved a take-back rate of over 50%, a very good result for these first two years. We look forward to following up on this again and we’re confident that the take-back rate will continue to increase”, says Karin Bäckman, environmental coordinator at SLU.

Return your old IT hardware

If you need to discard hardware such as stationary or portable computers, screens and smartphones, contact SLU Service in Alnarp, Skara, Umeå or Uppsala (contact details below). Other SLU sites should contact the SLU Service unit closest to them. For more information, see the waste management procedure (SLU-125), heading 5.14.1.

NB. Before any hardware is returned to SLU Service, make sure the necessary forms have been filled in, see Section 9.5.1 on discarding IT hardware in the Financial Administration Handbook (only available in Swedish).

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