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Taking back, refurbishing, and recycling products and packaging

Our product take-back program is designed to efficiently remove certain products from a customer’s site when they have reached the end of their useful life. Typically that means reclaiming our instruments and extending the useful life, thereby avoiding wasteful disposal. Sometimes it means harvesting components or responsibly recycling components that we can no longer use. We are dedicated to meeting and exceeding global recycling requirements, and our take-back program has diverted more than 50,000 kg of waste from landfill. 


Recycling semiconductor chips
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The Ion Chip Recycling Program provides customers with a convenient way to recycle used Ion Torrent™ chips. To recover valuable metals from these chips, we’re partnering with two reputable, certified recyclers in the United States and Europe to collect and process the chips. Recovered metals are then recycled into the manufacturing stream, which helps reduce additional mining of natural resources. To recycle your Ion chips, simply mail your used chips to the location closest to you using the addresses below.

United States:

Gannon & Scott
Attn: Thermo Fisher Ion Torrent Chip Recycling
2113 East Sky Harbor Circle South,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Tel: 800.556.7296

Gannon & Scott
Attn: Thermo Fisher Ion Torrent Chip Recycling
33 Kenney Drive
Cranston, RI 02920

European Union:

REUZEit BV
Coenecoop 630
2741PV, Waddinxveen
Zuid-Holland (ZH), Netherlands

Returnable pallets
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In collaboration with some of our customers who order large volumes of our products, we have switched from using wooden pallets to more robust plastic pallets that can also be returned to our facility for reuse. Making this switch has helped improve safety and productivity for our customers and minimizes waste associated with disposable wooden pallets.

Copper electrode recycling for iBlot Transfer Stacks
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Our iBlot™ and iBlot™ 2 gel transfer devices provide fast, efficient transfer of proteins for western blot analysis using iBlot™ and iBlot™ 2 Transfer Stacks. These stacks contain thin copper electrodes that can be recycled, and we have partnered with certified recyclers to establish a take-back and recycling program for customers in the United States and select countries in Europe. Together with our customers, we can help keep valuable resources out of landfill. Learn more about how to recycle the copper electrodes from the original iBlot system and the iBlot 2 system.