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How can businesses make smartphone recycling and buyback programs part of their sustainability effort?

October 16, 2018
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Starting a business that specializes in recycling smartphones typically involves researching recycling services, writing a business plan, and marketing your company’s services. A smartphone recycling business usually offers buyers the opportunity to get money for their old smartphones. To reuse phones, ensure they work properly, have not been water damaged, have all personal information removed, and have no broken parts before sending them to a service, such as unduit who reuse working electronic or recycle nonworking parts. The benefits of responsibly recycling and reusing smartphones are substantial. Beyond the monetary and humane considerations, conserving highly-engineered materials like precious metals, copper and plastics can help firms reduce the air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by mining and processing raw materials.

Much-needed service

Smartphones, when disposed of inappropriately, can pose a serious threat to our health and the environment.  Harmful chemicals and heavy metals like cadmium, lead, mercury, and brominated flame retardants (BFR) can drain from used smartphones deposited in our landfills to the surrounding water systems and soil. By helping recycle the millions of smartphones that are being discarded every year, you’re doing a great service to the community. Moreover, as we learned from the factors mentioned above, the smartphone recycling business is not just good for the environment, but good for your financial bottom line as well. Start a smartphone recycling business today, and profit by providing this much-needed service to your community.

Head to the cloud for sustainability

On-site servers consume a lot of energy and can eventually end up in your company’s electronics dumpsite. By comparison, cloud-based data storage uses some servers and is meant for large-scale energy efficiency. Moreover, to these green technology benefits, cloud-based data storage and computing usually come packaged with hardware and software maintenance and repair. For you and your firm, this means you’ll have more time to focus on optimizing IT operations to advance your company’s business strategy.

Leverage other people’s activities

Smartphone collection can be easily integrated into community social and sports activities. You can, for example, coordinate with the organizers of a local marathon to place your collection boxes at their registration tables and ask participants and fans to bring in smartphones for recycling. You can’t probably do this if you’re recycling bulky items like car batteries, old smartphones, etc. activities seamlessly.

Handy-dandy smartphone

Smartphones are very portable. Anyone can easily place a used smartphone in his or her pocket or purse and bring the phone to where you have one of your collection cartons. However, people don’t have to make any extra effort to join your cloud drive, if they wish to do so.

Widespread community support

Smartphone recycling is a well-known and accepted way to help preserve the environment, conserve resources, and raise funds. Groups and organizations, like student organizations and social clubs, in your area, can easily be convinced to give their support to your collection efforts. Moreover, it’s up to you to convince these groups to work with you, and that might mean splitting the profit with your group partner.

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