Kaspersky Lab’s Position
On the Environment

Kaspersky Lab’s business does not produce a significant environmental impact. Even so, the company follows the principles of environmental responsibility: KL offices are equipped with resource-saving systems, and office supplies and other consumables are recycled after use. We hope that the company’s concern for conservation and for the environment will be an example for our users and partners and the companies and organizations we do business with.

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On the Environment
KL’s Moscow office collects used rechargeable batteries for recycling, and passes them on to specialized battery recyclers
Kaspersky Lab employees working from the company’s Woburn, MA office volunteered to clean up the Mystic River of water chestnuts – an invasive water plant that can block waterways and consume nutrients that local the flora needs. In just a single day, volunteers gathered 273 baskets of the invasive water plant – a record for Mystic River community cleanup events.
Kaspersky Lab employees volunteer around the world, contributing to drives and programs designed, among other things, to protect the environment.
kg Kaspersky Lab employees gathered a cool metric ton of paper for recycling in 2015.
The Kaspersky Lab Moscow HQ building is LEED certified, which means that the building was designed and built in compliance with modern international green standards, that it has energy-efficient utilities, and that environmentally friendly materials were used for all interior and exterior finishes. The company’s Moscow office has panoramic windows, enabling Kaspersky Lab to use natural light as much as possible. And for the times when artificial lighting is necessary, the lighting system has automatic luminosity adjustment. A «winter chill» ventilation system based on so-called dry coolers was chosen by the building’s architects for the utilities design. The system takes outside air and pumps it through a bactericide filter, subsequently heating or cooling it according to the office thermostat settings.

How Old
Poison the Environment
and What We Can
Do About It

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On the Environment

Recycling Electronics

The IT Department at Kaspersky Lab Germany transferred 11,520 EUR in written-off old computer hardware to the non-profit AfB GmbH in 2015. AfB GmbH repairs and upgrades obsolete electronics, reselling them with a warranty. We talk about why this is important for the environment worldwide and offer tips on properly recycling old computer hardware.

The UN estimates the global volume of discarded hi-tech hardware sent to landfills to be 50 million metric tons a year. Can there be any doubt that recycling discarded electronics is a hot business opportunity for the future?

What the problem
is all about

The UN estimates that people and organizations discard 50 million tons of electronics per annum. Only 16% gets recycled or reused, while the rest goes to landfills. To make room for new incoming shipments of discarded computers, washing machines and toasters, landfill operators burn the ones already there, or put them into holes in the ground — either method is cheaper than recycling. This is also very bad for the environment, according to the Basel Action Network: lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, acids and other toxic chemicals poison the soil, water and air.

The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that discarded electronics are the fastest-growing kind of garbage on planet Earth. Back in 2008, residents of the US and Western Europe replaced their computers once every six years. Now they cycle through their new hardware three times as fast, buying a new one every other year, according to Statista.

To curb this expansion of electronic junk, people do not necessarily have to refrain from buying that latest and greatest new gadget (although that would not be a bad idea, either). All they have to do is be responsible consumers, making sure their electronic equipment operates as long as possible and recycling the devices and gadgets they no longer use or need.

Things you
can do with
your old computers

Give them to charity, just as Kaspersky Lab’s German IT Department is already doing. Find an organization that will accept discarded electronics on a specialized site (for example, freecycle.org). Volunteers will repair the hardware and resell it to someone who needs it. Hardware is usually not given away for free: if somebody is willing to pay a small token charge, that usually indicates that they actually need the computer they are buying. Refurbished hardware is sold with a warranty, which means that if it breaks down, a computer is going to end up in a service center rather than in a landfill. AfB GmbH, Kaspersky Lab’s partner in Germany, guarantee a minimum of 12 months’ warranty service on refurbished hardware. And when the new owners no longer need it, the hardware can be donated to the same charity again.

Get creative. Pretty unique things, works of art, can be fashioned out of some utterly mundane and generic items, like computer keyboards. Artist Gabriel Dishaw takes apart electronics into their smallest components and fragments, creating art objects out of them, and making a decent living out of it. A Darth Vader bust out of discarded electronics components sells for 2,000 US$.

Take them to recycling centers or back to hardware manufacturers who have recycling programs (for example, HP or Apple). Specialist companies break up the hardware into its component materials: from platinum to plastics. Then the materials are sorted, compressed and sent to smelters and other facilities to be put to a new use. The chances are, your engagement ring may have a little piece of a supercomputer in it, and the metal case of your smartphone may have been a dishwasher in a previous life.