The production of computing devices (such as computers, monitors, laptops, and associated components) involves a variety of processes that directly or indirectly release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, including fossil fuel use for natural gas and electricity to run processes and heat, light and power facilities and the direct release of some greenhouse gases as a by-product of manufacturing processes. Used assets are typically disposed of in landfill, and in some cases recycled, further adding to net emissions associated with the product. As a result of these negative environmental impacts, there is a growing need to reduce the volume of e-waste ending up in landfills by recycling, and even reusing end of life computing devices.
Comsale Computer Inc. began refurbishment operations in 2016 by participating in the CO2NeutralTM program. CO2NeutralTM is an IT asset reuse program whose objective of is to refurbish end-of-first-life IT assets, extending their useful life and reducing emissions associated with the manufacturing of virgin IT equipment and components. Comsale repairs and refurbishes the devices in six ways: sanitization, triage, data wiping, repairs, replacement and reassembly, testing and quality control, and cosmetic repairs. The Comsale project is a commercial operation with no anticipated end-date and crediting is expected to continue until at least 31 December 2026. Without this project, end-of-first-life IT assets would have been either disposed of in a landfill or recycled, creating greenhouse gas emissions as they decompose.