Microsoft: stop using disposable plastics in 2025 and zero waste emission in 2030


Beijing time on August 4 evening news, Microsoft announced today that by 2030, the company will no longer produce garbage. In addition, Microsoft has promised to stop using disposable plastics in its packaging by 2025.
As part of its “zero waste” goal, Microsoft will set up so-called “circular centers,” allowing the company to reuse or recycle 90% of its waste, rather than sending it to a third-party recycler.
Among them, the server used by Microsoft Data Center will be the key project of Microsoft internal recycling. In addition, Microsoft is committed to eliminating waste in its “home production” process, although its suppliers may not be able to do so simultaneously.
Last year, Microsoft’s largest office building sent 3189 tons of waste to landfills, and the new commitment aims to reduce that proportion to zero over the next decade. But e-waste produced by Microsoft and other manufacturers is a bigger problem than garbage from Microsoft offices.
According to a report released in July, the world’s e-waste disposal reached a record 53.6 million tons in 2019. In the future, this figure is expected to continue to grow. Although this statement of Microsoft will not alleviate this situation to a great extent (because Microsoft’s discarding amount is not high), it has positive significance after all.
Before announcing its “zero waste” commitment, Microsoft set another environmental goal earlier this year: to achieve “negative carbon” emissions by 2030 and eliminate all carbon emissions of Microsoft since its establishment in 1975 by 2050. In addition, Microsoft has set up a $1 billion “climate innovation fund” to foster global research and development of carbon reduction / carbon removal technologies. (Li Ming)