IBM tackles e-waste with China’s first computer restoration center

March 01, 2012

IBM yesterday announced the opening of the first-ever server remanufacturing center in China which the company says will reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment by extending the life of older IT equipment that otherwise would go into landfills. 

The new facility, located in the southern city of Shenzhen, expands IBM's global remanufacturing and refurbishment operations in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.

The Shenzhen facility will initially remanufacture hundreds of mid-range IBM Power Systems, which are reconditioned, tested and certified using rigorous processes and original manufacturing standards, or rebuilt to meet specific customer requirements.  By 2014 it is planned to remanufacture 100,000 PCs and low-end and mid-range IBM and non-IBM servers per year. 

One of the biggest dilemmas of green IT is that in order to get safer from an environmental perspective or greener from an energy-efficiency standpoint, you need to ditch your old computing hardware and invest in new stuff.

This is great for computer makers but has led to international condemnation over the tonnes of hazardous electronic waste that has been dumped in countries such as China and India for processing.

"As the first IT provider licensed by the government to remanufacture servers on mainland China, IBM can help clients affordably acquire IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment locally to supplement and support their IT operations while helping the environment," said Richard Dicks, General Manager - IBM Global Asset Recovery Services, in a press statement.