Many of Sber’s employees do care about the environment, with the HQ receiving lots of creative ideas about making Sber a more environmentally friendly company. The most promising ideas become projects that Sber supports.
We had over 150 projects like that by the end of 2020. For example, there’s one from a Khabarovsk branch where Sber employees decided to show their coworkers and clients what full circle recycling meant, from waste sorting to making a new product. To that end, they gather plastic waste that will later be recycled into a chair. The project team intend to place the chair at their branch for every customer to see that plastic recycling is not the future that is hard to reach, but the present that is at hand.
As many as 2,500 Sber branches already accept used and expired cards. Their number is scheduled to increase soon — according to plans, 14,000 Sber branches will be collecting used cards by October 2021.
After they are collected, cards are sent to a company that separates plastic and chips, which then go to a manufacturer of plastic household products and a refinery for clarification.
Cards get a second life after being ‘melted’. For instance, they become plastic window frames and sills.
Cards are not the only plastic product we strive to recycle. For example, Sber turns its used plastic cups into eco-friendly pens.