Eaton’s UPS Trade-In campaign aims to assist with ewaste

  • Eaton has announced a UPS Trade-In campaign for local businesses looking to upgrade their existing system.
  • Along with offering rebates and discounts for those wanting to upgrade, Eaton is also handling the battery recycling of old units.
  • The company is running the Trade-In campaign until 30th June 2024.

With the realities of loadshedding all too familiar for local businesses, some may be looking to upgrade their current UPS solutions to cope with the impact of outages in the coming years.

It is with this in mind that Eaton has announced a Trade-In campaign for older UPS systems for those upgrading to one of the company’s enterprise-focused solutions.

As part of the campaign, which is running until 30th June 2024, Eaton is offering a 15 percent rebate on trade-ins of older UPS systems and a 20 percent rebate when purchasing warranty extensions, along with an an additional 2 percent rebate for PAP members to commercial UPS users who purchase “newer, superior models”.

The power management technology manufacturer also notes that this campaign is aimed at reducing environmental chemical waste.

“Communities and municipalities are grappling with growing pressure to provide adequate waste management services due to increased waste generation. As South Africans use more batteries for a variety of applications amidst an energy shortage, Eaton realised the need to improve recycling rates in the UPS systems that we develop,” explained Jessica Masina, DPQ Field Product Marketing manager at Eaton.

“As we support users in renewing their power storage and backup systems to be more sustainable in their operations, (we also want to contribute to a more sustainable and responsible IT upgrade) with the aim to significantly alleviate the impact of waste on the environment,” she added in a release shared with Hypertext.

Here Eaton notes that the impact of not properly recycling batteries found in UPS systems can prove costly. 

“First and foremost, batteries contain toxic chemicals that can harm human life if not disposed of correctly. When thrown in landfills, these chemicals can leach into the soil and contaminate the water supply. By recycling UPS batteries, we can ensure that these toxic chemicals are disposed of properly, preventing them from causing harm,” the company highlighted.

“While lead acid batteries (like those found in motor vehicles) are recycled at around 99%, lithium-ion batteries (used in toys, rechargeable home electronics, watches, electric vehicles, home, and business power storage systems) are only recycled at around 5% due to the difficult and costly recycling process,” it continued.

To find out more about the campaign, what your old UPS will get you, as well as the Eaton solutions that you can upgrade to, head here.


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