It’s a smartphone world. With the world turning digital, smartphones have become our most prised possession that remain with us almost 24×7. But, with the technology progressing everyday and smartphones becoming smarter each day, we have to keep pace with the changing technology and keep upgrading our devices. Have you also stocked up a significant number of smartphones whilst going through your smartphone upgradation spree? Is yes, then we at IndianWeb2 are here to bail you out.
Firstly, don’t ever throw away your electronics directly into the trash as electronic waste, or e-waste, can leak some really harmful chemicals into the environment and pollute the air that we all breathe in. One of the best ways to get rid of your old smartphones is to dispose it through an official recycling program that will ensure all the components are handled carefully.
Give It Directly To The Manufacturer
Yes, all the big names in smartphone manufacturing have recycling programs of their own.
Samsung’s Take-Back & Recycling (STAR) Program provides two convenient ways to consumers to get involved in Samsung’s take back and recycling efforts:
(i) Fixed drop off locations- This option includes a number of static locations for consumers to drop off mobile items such as mobiles, camera etc. These locations are maintained by Samsung’s authorised partners.
(ii) Collection facility for big consumer electronics products – A consumer can avail pick-up services for television, refrigerators, washing machines etc. by calling Samsung contact center. If you’re in India, you can call at 1800 40 SAMSUNG (1800 40 7267864) or send them an email at email@example.com.
Regardless of the method one chooses, no fee is charged from the consumer.
Apple provides recycling options both to its household customers as well as for business customers. Any Apple household customer in India can recycle their apple product by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Not only will Apple collect the product from your door, it will also recycle it responsibly for free.
For recycling of Apple products in other countries, you can find out about the email ids here.
If you’re a LG smartphone user, then LG also has a LG Recycling Program. The details of which are available on their website. If you’re in India, to locate a nearest collection centre or call for pick-up for disposal of this appliance, you can contact Toll Free No. 1800-180-999 for details. All collection centre and pick up facilities are done by third parties with LG Electronics merely acting as a facilitator.
If you’re an HTC user, the manufacturer also has an e-waste recycling program in place. In India, the smartphone giant has partnered with an authorized e-waste recycling company named as 3R Recycler Pvt. Ltd. for its e-waste recycling initiative, which will collect, dismantle dispose off e-waste collected from all over the country.
For further information about HTC’s e-waste recycling, you can log on to www.3rrecycler.com or write an email to email@example.com or call them directly on Toll Free No.- 1800-102-8632.
Give it to E-Waste Recycling Startups
Where there’s a problem, there’s a solution. This holds true even for the e-waste problem. As the e-waste problem started grabbing headlines all around the world, several startups stepped in to do something about the situation.
In India, there’s Attero, which claims to be the country’s largest electronic asset management company and clean-tech pioneer, which actively promotes eco-friendly reuse and recycling of electronics. As a part of their 360 degree solutions for electronic asset management, Attero offers a wide range of services, which include country-wide pick up, collection and tracking of electronic assets, reverse logistics management, electronics asset recovery, data security, refurbishment, e-waste recycling and disposal.
Another famous startup for smartphone recycling in India is, Karma Recycling. The startup has two channels to collect smartphones, tablets and laptops from users:
1) Their Website: All a user has to do is go to their website, and select the brand and model of the smartphone, laptop or tablet he/she wants to sell. Their market value estimation algorithm gives a user an estimate based on the the phone they’re selling and once they agree to sell the device, people from Karma Recycling will go to their house to pick it up and send it to one of their service centres.
2) Retailers: The startup has put together an interface called called Karma Recycling Exchange Hub, which acts as an end-to-end solution for retailers to evaluate any old mobile device and offer that value as an in-store discount to their customers.
In addition to these, there are several other e-waste recycling startups all around the world.
Give It To Charity
Since smartphone has now become a basic need, you can easily locate a nearby charity that is accepting used smartphones as donations. Not only will you get rid of your old smartphone, you will actually put a smile on someone’s face and provide them a chance at a bright future.