Microsoft has pledged to bring its direct waste footprint to zero within a decade, as part of a new resources strategy which will boost the recyclability of its devices and see plastic packaging phased out entirely. Microsoft seems to be reshaping its sustainability strategy a little at a time, having set new climate targets earlier this year The 2030 zero-waste goal covers Microsoft’s direct operations, products and packaging. Across these areas, the tech giant will “reduce nearly as much waste as it generates” through reuse, repurposing and recycling initiatives, before offsetting the residual waste through investment in external circular economy initiatives. Some 90% of the materials that are currently wasted from Microsoft’s direct operations will be diverted from landfill and incineration within a decade, the company said in a statement. It will install ‘Circular Centres’ – facilities which use machine learning to process decommissioned servers and hardware – at its data centres and R&D and office campuses to achieve this aim. A trial of a ‘Circular Centre’ at Microsoft’s Amsterdam data centre proved successful, reducing downtime, increasing server and network part availability and lowering the costs and emissions associated with logistics. Such facilities will be installed at Microsoft’s new […]

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