Our Sims Lifecycle Services (SLS) division provides global IT asset disposal (ITAD) services and electronics recycling to enterprises and data centers, with established operations in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, North America, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.
SLS is Sims Limited’s IT asset disposition (ITAD) service provider and electronic waste recycler. SLS offers an integrated ITAD and cloud asset management solutions for regional and global clients through our expansive network of global facilities and subcontractor network.
SLS offers a comprehensive and cost-effective service for end of life and redundant electronic equipment and IT assets, ranging from asset refurbishment and resale to responsible recycling.
IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Services
SLS offers ITAD services that operate across a global network. Services include the management and control of the entire asset disposition process, including transport, coordination, product identification, asset tracking, data destruction and reporting. SLS offers its clients the option of redeployment, reclamation of parts and/or resale and recycling, delivering legal compliance as well as a potential financial return from the resale of refurbished equipment.
As part of Sims Limited, SLS has access to a sizeable pool of investment capital and is continually investing in leading industry solutions. We have developed the Sims Portal, as part of specialized inventory software to securely track and report on client assets.
SLS provides decommissioning and data destruction services for all types of data centers. We recently became a member of the Open Compute Project. Our innovation center in Tampa serves as a centralized hub for developing and piloting new services, building the technology to support our online remarketing platforms and optimizing our resale channels.
We work with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Contract Equipment Manufacturers (CEMs) for prototype destruction services, take back programs, reverse logistics, parts harvesting and manufacturing scrap recycling. SLS provides disposition services for all types of retired electronic equipment in every business sector enabling them to comply with their responsibilities under relevant environmental regulations.
Our in-house engineering team has developed and implemented advanced recycling technology, enabling us to output clean commodity streams for use in next generation products.
Precious Metals Refining
We reclaim and refine precious metals from waste streams, typically as a byproduct of complex manufacturing processes. We also recover precious metals from production scrap, off-spec parts and components, prototypes, and obsolete inventories.
Sims Metal is a global leader in metal recycling. The company has grown from being an Australian-centric company to being one of the most significant metal recycling businesses in the world. Our operations are geographically diverse, and they comprise a network of processing facilities, many with deep-water port access, supported by an extensive network of feeder yards. From our bases of operations in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, Sims Metal buys, processes and sells ferrous and non-ferrous metal to manufacturers in 30 different countries.
By the numbers
- Global Operations: 9.8m tonnes of secondary metals sold annually
- North America: 4.9 m tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals sold
- Australia and New Zealand: 1.9m tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals sold
- UK: 1.6m tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals sold
Sims Metal buys ferrous metal from metal dealers, peddlers, auto wreckers, demolition firms and others who generate obsolete metal, and from manufacturers who generate industrial metal. They provide customized recycling services to meet the individual needs of commercial and industrial scrap metal producers.
The company customizes its services to maximize each scrap provider’s net scrap revenues, and those services include:
- Fair-market scrap metal prices
- State and federally certified scales
- Accountability and control procedures, including:
- Numbered and dated receipts
- Certified scale tickets
- Checks that reference both the receipt and scale tickets
- Weighing programs – no cost weighing procedures
- Simple techniques to upgrade the value of your material
- Over 100 years of experience in the metal recycling industry
In 2002, Sims Limited expanded into curbside recycling in the United States with the creation of Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR). Since that time, the operation has grown to become the cornerstone of New York City’s recycling system. In total, the business processes and markets more than 600,000 tonnes of municipal curbside material annually.
From its inception, SMR built on Sims’ history and resources to excel in a segment of the recycling industry typically controlled by waste management companies. SMR’s expertise in materials processing, marketing, logistics, technology, and the management of industrial operations has provided a solid foundation for reliable and efficient recycling of bottles, cans, plastics and paper.
SMR developed and currently operates five facilities in New York and New Jersey. These include two receiving/transfer facilities in the Bronx and Queens, New York; two large-scale materials recovery facilities (MRF) in Jersey City, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York; and an advanced glass processing plant in Jersey City, New Jersey.
SMR’s first MRF facility was built in 2003 at the Claremont Terminal in Jersey City. The Claremont MRF is now one of the largest in the New York/New Jersey region. In 2013, the newest MRF was opened in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Situated on an 11-acre pier, the Sunset Park MRF is the largest and most sophisticated plant for commingled residential recyclables in North America.
In addition to serving the 8.5 million residents of New York City, SMR now processes curbside recyclables from several New Jersey and Long Island municipalities, as well as manages a portion of Chicago’s curbside program.
SMR continues to evolve and find new opportunities within the ever-changing recycling landscape. In October 2019, SMR took over operation of the Palm Beach County, Florida MRF, which serves the 1.2 million county residents. In 2020, SMR commenced additional processing and refinement of some of its mixed non-ferrous products.
Take a look at how SMR continues to innovate in municipal recycling.
A division of Sims Limited, Sims Resource Renewal (SRR) is a leading circular business that operates in line with the waste hierarchy.
SRR plans to design and build 11 resource renewal facilities by 2030. This will allow us to transform the more than one million tonnes of ASR, the material left over following the metal recycling process each year, into new, quality products.
New products could include aggregates for construction materials, electricity to power our resource renewal facility and co-located operations, and the building blocks for recycled plastics. The products we create will be dependent on where the facility is located and local market requirements.
SRR’s first facilities will be based in Australia. A full resource renewal facility is proposed for a site adjacent to the Sims Metals operation at Campbellfield in Victoria, and a research and development-focused pilot facility is proposed at our existing Sims Metals operation in Rocklea, Queensland.
By concurrently undertaking research and development and operations, we will take responsibility for our own waste now while developing the technology required to advance the circular economy.