SK Ecoplant opens US recycling plant for data center servers

SK Ecoplant, a South Korean construction engineering and waste management company, inaugurated a data center server recycling facility in the US, aiming to broaden its footprint in the global Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) market.

SK TES, the electronic waste recycling subsidiary of the South Korean company in Singapore, launched an ITAD facility exclusively for data centers in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This facility has the capacity to process up to 600,000 individual servers annually. Formerly known as TES Envirocorp Pte., SK TES aims to erase data stored on data center hard disks or memory chips and repurpose and recycle them within the plant.

“We aim to dominate North America, which makes up 40% of the global data center ITAD market, through synergy between the new Virginia ITAD center and the Las Vegas facility that opened last year,” said Cho Jae Yeon, head of SK Ecoplant’s environment business unit.

“We will lead the global ITAD market based on capabilities including perfect information security technology and international standardization certificates related to safety.”

The global ITAD market was forecast to more than double to $31.4 billion by 2032 from $14.5 billion in 2022, according to industry tracker Global Market Insights Inc.

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