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Stratasys Starts Free Recycling Program For 3D Printing Materials

Free-of-charge recycling program started by Stratasys for customers' 3D printing material canisters and cartridges.


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Stratasys Ltd, Minneapolis, has launched a new recycling program for its North American customers. It provides a code-compliant and free-of-charge system for disposing of waste FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges that house its 3D printing materials and also supports local jobs for people with disabilities.


The recycling is taking place at the company’s Eden Prairie, Minn. facilities, in collaboration with Lifeworks, a nonprofit organization serving people with disabilities. Stratasys’ president Gilad Gans says that the recycling of these items brings some key benefits to the company’s customers: its helps them eliminate waste disposal shipping costs, reduces logistical concerns, saves space and helps them better adhere to compliance. Here’s how it works:


Customers can print out their own pre-paid UPS shipping label from the Stratasys website. UPS then picks up and ships the recyclables straight to the Eden Prairie facilities. “The new recycling program is one way we’re making 3D printing and additive manufacturing more convenient and accessible for everyone…In addition, the more our customers recycle, the more we’ll be able to expand the size and scope of our Lifeworks team in Eden Prairie,” says Zehavit Reisin, v.p. for Stratasys Materials Business Unit.