Cybdyn Systems and the Environment

As you know, climate change and micro-plastics are both a major factor we are being faced with. That's why here at Cybdyn Systems when we design and make our products, we attempt to ensure that the parts that we use are able to be recycled with minimal to no impact on the environment.

All PSIO Cartridges are shipped in a cardboard box which is 100% recyclable. Inside the shipping box is the actual PSIO unit which is also housed in a coloured recyclable cardboard box. It is highly advised to remove all shipping labels and plastic tape before recycling this so only the cardboard remains.

Inside the coloured box is a PET plastic housing which frames the cartridge itself. This PET is also recyclable, but it is advised to keep it (along with the coloured cardboard box) since it can also be used to clip in and house your PlayStation Parallel Port cover and protect your cartridge when not in use. With that said, PET is the same plastic material which is used for plastic drink bottles such as Coke Cola or packages that fruits are transported in (such as strawberries or raspberries) so it can be thrown into your generic recycle bin at your household to make new products.

When PSIO is shipped, the product was originally (prior to 2023) protected in foam padding. This foam was unfortunately made from EPE (Expanded Polystyrene) and sadly is not able to be recycled easily (it must be taken to a special recycling facility) nor is it biodegradable. We recommend that you reuse this foam in creative ways, such as reusing it for shipping items you may sell online to other people or to keep it in the garage to use as a storage container to keep miscellaneous nuts and bolts in. We stopped using EPE inserts in 2023 and have instead replaced it with paper based wrap or a moulded cardboard insert (depending on stock) which is 100% recyclable and much safer for the environment.

Like all electronics which have plastic shells/cases, PSIO itself is made up of ABS plastic which 'clips' together (there are no screws). The product code that is imprinted on the inside of our plastic shells for PSIO are "PPCT ABS" (which is an abbreviation for 'PSIO Plastic Case Top' for the front half) and "PPCB ABS" ('PSIO Plastic Case Back' for the back half). The material they are made from is ABS and they are able to be recycled, but it must be taken to a special recycling facility where it is shredded into pellets which can later be melted down and reused to make other items.

The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) which PSIO is made from contains lead-free SN100C solder (since this particular alloy assists with the longevity of the product to make sure the product lasts many years). The PCB can be recycled by electronic waste (also known as E-Waste recycling) facilities. The PCB is usually melted down at high temperatures and the precious metals are recovered and reused. The 'slag' or burnt plastic from the IC's (Integrated Circuits) and fiberglass (FR4) material is generally scrapped into landfill.

The Parallel Port on PSIO is also able to be recycled by an electronics waste facility. The Glass-Filled Nylon can be melted down and scrapped (also turns to slag), but the precious metals from the pins inside are reused (just like the PCB).

Overall, PSIO wasn't designed to be a disposable product, but we have tried our best to ensure that the product itself and how the product is made is done with minimal impact to the environment. PSIO was designed in mind to last for many decades and to provide many more years of fun from the original PlayStation console resulting in less PlayStation's either thrown into landfill or recycled due to failed CD-ROM mechanics.

The PSIO circuit board contains no batteries of any kind (IE: there is no Lithium battery or cell inside our product).

If you have any suggestions or questions regarding our methods, you can always contact us since we'd be open to them and any improvements you might recommend.

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