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Incoming FDM canisters are taken apart by the dedicated Lifeworks team.

Stratasys Recycling Program Good for Our Customers’ Business and the Environment

Stratasys recently announced its new recycling program, which offers our North American customers the ability to recycle their FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges free of charge.

Preparing a batch of FDM canisters for shipment. The Stratasys recycling program employs disabled people, helping them live fuller and more meaningful lives.
Preparing a batch of FDM canisters for shipment. The Stratasys recycling program employs disabled people, helping them live fuller and more meaningful lives.

The program brings significant business benefits to Stratasys customers:

  • Eliminate waste disposal shipping costs
  • Reduce logistical worries
  • Save space by immediately sending back empty canister and cartridges
  • Enable easy regulatory compliance

Watch the video to learn about the recycling process in detail!

Part of the recycling team at the Stratasys recycling facility in Eden Prairie.
Part of the recycling team at the Stratasys recycling facility in Eden Prairie.

How it Works

Customers start by packaging canisters and cartridges and printing out UPS labels for free shipping from the Stratasys website. UPS picks up the packages and ships them directly back to the Stratasys headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota for recycling. The on-campus recycling facility is manned by a special team from Lifeworks, which places and mentors people with disabilities in jobs that serve the local Eden Prairie community.

Even the leftover FDM 3D printing material is wound off the spools and chopped up for recycling!
Even the leftover FDM 3D printing material is wound off the spools and chopped up for recycling!

We spent a whole morning with the employees from the Lifeworks team, getting to know them better and learning about the work they do. It was an absolute pleasure to watch their dedication and the satisfaction their job brings them.

Following the recycling stage, the new FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges are manufactured and filled with 3D printing material. Then they are shipped back to customers, ready to use.

Incoming FDM canisters are taken apart by the dedicated Lifeworks team.
Incoming FDM canisters are taken apart by the dedicated Lifeworks team.

A Win-Win for Everyone

Watching the recycling process in action reminded us how everyone benefits. Yes, it helps the environment. Yes, it’s better for our customers’ business. Yes, it helps them easily adhere to local regulations. Yes, it creates employment for disabled people in the local community. And yes, it’s great for 3D printing and additive manufacturing as a whole – helping it become a more convenient, easy-to-manage process for our North American customers, both big and small.

In short, there are no good reasons why you shouldn’t start recycling this very instant. And don’t forget to stay tuned to this space, as we bring you updates on how the recycling program grows and develops over the coming months!

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green is Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions at Stratasys.

1 comment

  • Like recycling aluminum cans, Stratasys should provide an incentive for recycling. Rack up recycling points for rewards. They’d get a lot more recyclers.

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