Reuse and Recycle
Scandi exports a large portion of all copiers purchased for reuse in its markets in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Pacific and Latin America. A portion of the copiers are harvested for useful parts and components for reuse. Obsolete and beyond repair copiers are fully recycled by ISO 14001 certified recyclers close to Scandi’s logistic centres.
Scandi sources copiers cross Europe and transport them to its Logistic Centers in Sweden and Hungary for processing. Scandi strives to use the most environmentally sound transportation option such as trailer-on-train or river-barge when possible to reduce Scandi’s carbon footprint.
To formalize Scandi’s environmental commitment, Scandi was in 2006 ISO 14001 certified by Qvalify AB, a process for the control and the continuous improvement of Scandi’s environmental performance. Among other things, it enables Scandi to:
- identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products and services.
- to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements.
- to continuously improve its environmental performance.
Scandi’s operations at all its locations are fully compliant to the European Union WEEE-directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).
“WEEE is a complex mixture of materials and components that because of their hazardous content, and if not properly managed, can cause major environmental and health problems. Moreover, the production of modern electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources (e.g. around 10% of total gold worldwide is used for their production). To improve the environmental management of WEEE and to contribute to a circular economy and enhance resource efficiency the improvement of collection, treatment and recycling of electronics at the end of their life is essential”.
Carbon Footprint (CO2) reduction
By reusing photo copiers and its components and giving them a second life, a reduction of the carbon footprint is obtained and the raw-materials used are conserved versus manufacturing a new unit. By recycling obsolete, old, and beyond repair photo copiers, the carbon footprint is reduced through material recovery, versus landfill deposits.
Scandi has investigated the material content in both mono and colour photo copiers of different sizes and brands. The company has also used its export and recycling statistics and available open public sources to calculate the CO2-emissions when making/manufacturing different materials such as metals, plastics, printed circuit boards (PCB) etc. The variables combined result in a value of reduced CO2-emission per kg photo copier produced.
Scandi exports a large portion of all copiers purchased for reuse in its markets in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Pacific and Latin America and recycles the remaining (obsolete, beyond repair etc). The average purchased copier is about five years old and has at least 5 more years of life expectancy left. By this copier life extension, the CO2-footprint reduction equals the manufacturing of a new copier. At the end-of-life, the copier is fully recycled at location. The results have been verified by Qvalify AB.
Carbon footprint (CO2) generation
Scandi’s transportation needs generated the following Carbon Footprint in 2016:
- Receiving goods and internal logistics, 352 tons CO2
- Container shipping and FOB transports, 623 tons CO2
- Travel by land and air, 192 tons CO2
Carbon Footprint (CO2) balance
Scandi has a long-term commitment to operate in an environmentally sound and sustainable way, described in Scandi’s Environmental Policy
The CO2 balance is to Scandi’s advantage with a total reduction of 17,000+ tons of CO2 annually! In other words – for every ton CO2 Scandi generates, Scandi reduces its Carbon Footprint 17 times!