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WEEE – Why recycling business devices makes sense?

We recycle large electronics, but businesses need to be looking at smaller devices. Here's why!

A little background…

New regulatory frameworks have heralded a new era in digital recycling. The mobile phone recycling marketplace has grown by nearly 776% since 2000. The increase in legislation has seen an increase in recycling services. However, why should business recycle handsets? WEEE places a greater emphasis of responsibility on retailers and distributors – along with consumers. However, business has become a central problem. Landfill from business has grown and this, since 2007, has become a key area of concern for policymakers and business leaders alike.

The European Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive has a simple aim – to reduce electrical waste in traditional landfill sites. The toxic and environmental impact of WEEE goods is gigantic and therefore there needs to be a functional approach to overcoming this waste management issue. However, as technology changes so does the disposal needs therein. The mobile phone is one such device. The increased in battery power and technology has seen mobile phone batteries become incredibly powerful in order to maintain high-definition displays, multimedia gaming and entertainment alongside web browsing capabilities. The downside has been the increased toxicity in waste management context of mobile phone batteries and the problems of managing handset device waste.

What can business do to safely dispose of handsets?

1.3 million handsets are sold each year – nearly forty percent are business sales. This means hundreds of thousands of mobile devices are upgraded annually. What happens to the older devices? Companies have a mandatory obligation under the WEEE and subsequent battery directive to help dispose of handset device batteries with due regard to the environment. That being the case, companies need to plan a lifecycle for devices.

Planning for your next organisational mobile device upgrade is daunting. Yet, organisations should plan the upgrade and disposal in the same context. Disposal planning must take centre stage in any upgrade and lifecycle planning within an organisation. The same with upgrading, it is all about planning. Companies don’t rush into purchases and they shouldn’t run into disposals without some planning. Therefore, the structural disposal of an organisation’s entire handset capacity is a big undertaking.

That being the political and environmental case, there is help available. Compare and Recycle can help businesses wanting to dispose of their handsets in an ethical, moral and environmental way. However, using a professional disposal service can help business IT leaders undertake a cohesive and strategic disposal of in-house equipment. Compare and Recycle are pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile phone recycling service. To sign-up why not get in touch with Compare and Recycle today to find out how you can recycle your handsets in an ethical and environmental way.


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