Microsoft is making plans to stop promoting trash from its operations by 2030, the company said today. Microsoft has also promised to end the use of single-use plastics in its packaging by 2025.
As part of its zero-waste aim. Microsoft will introduce Circular Centers that will enable the company to recycle or reuse 90 percent of its waste on-site. Rather than transferring it to other third-party recyclers. One of the biggest items that the company will recycle in-house is the servers being used in Microsoft’s data centers.
The company also made a pledge to remove waste from its own manufacturing process. Though, its suppliers won’t be allowed to use the same zero waste goal as Microsoft.
In 2019, (that is last year), the largest office complexes of Microsoft sent 3, 189 metric tons of waste to landfills. The new commitment goal to reduce that down to zero over the next decade. However, compared to the waste coming from the company’s offices. e-waste from the gadgets that Microsoft and other manufacturers produce is a very big problem. Following a report released last month (July).
A lot of people rolled out a record of 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste globally in the year 2019. The figure is expected to increase. The announcement made by Microsoft today will not make a big dent in all those heaps of electronic waste. The reason is that the company hasn’t mentioned that it will hold itself accountable for anything that will happen to the product it sells.
Scott Cassel’s Comment about electronic Companies
After the report of the global e-waste was released, Scott Cassel,( the founder of nonprofit Product Stewardship Institute). Mentioned something about electronic companies in an interview with The Verge last month (in July).
Scott Cassel said:
“Electronics companies do a great job of designing for pleasure and efficiency. But the rapid change in consumer demand also means that they are designed for obsolescence. So today’s newest, the coolest product becomes tomorrow’s junk”.
Scott Cassel, alongside other advocates, has moved electronics companies to manufacture their products in such a way that it will last longer. And to also gather and reuse devices they produce at the end of their useful lives.
Advocacy Groups to Microsoft
Advocacy groups including US PIRG have also criticized the company for drawing back against proposed “right to repair” laws. Which would make companies drop information on its products which would enable consumers to do repairs by themselves or through third parties.
Advocates for the right to repair laws further mentioned that they could help put products in use and as well keep them out of landfills.
Microsoft Comment to The Verge
Microsoft mentioned something to The Verge. It said that its latest and main focus on reducing waste has not changed its perspective when talking about the “right to repair”. However, the company has created its Surface Laptop and Surface Pro X. To be easier than the former models to take aside and fix.
Brian Janous’ Comment
Microsoft’s general manager of energy and sustainability, in the person of Brian Janous, says:
“We are absolutely committed to increasing the repairability of our own products. But also try to balance other aspects such as safety, and durability, and of course – probably most importantly for us – privacy and security”.
He further added:
” This is sort of our first step in a journey. There’s going to be a lot more to come as we learn more about how we can actually influence that waste lifecycle”.
The zero-waste pledge goes with another main environmental goal that the company planned at the beginning of the year. Becoming carbon negative in the next ten years (by 2030).
Microsoft made it known to us that it will eliminate so many greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than it makes by 2030. He further mentioned that it will take on the most important task of putting down all the carbon dioxide emissions it has ever released in 30 years’ time (by 2050) to take on climate change.