This Recycle Week (20th-26th September), O2 Recycle is calling on businesses to recycle their unused tech when they are upgrading to new devices, and benefit from a cash-back boost for trading their e-waste in for recycling or refurbishment. With September the busiest time for trade-ins, and popular new devices coming to market, now is the perfect opportunity for business owners to fight e-waste and trade in any and all old phones, tablets or smart watches that might be hidden away in drawers and cupboards.
Since 2009, O2 has paid out more than £250 million through O2 Recycle, more than £400,000 of this to businesses in the last year alone – with the scheme open to everyone, regardless of their network. Around 26,000 business devices have been recycled through the scheme in the last 12 months. Almost 95% of the tech that comes into Recycle is refurbished and re-used – with zero going to landfill – extending the life of devices and supporting the circular economy.
Maria Fernandez, Director of Small & Medium Business at Virgin Media O2, said: “Over the past 18 months, tech has helped keep UK businesses moving – and according to our research, small businesses are continuing to invest in higher quality connected devices to help future-proof their business and support them in the shift to more working on the go. Trading in their old tech is a great way to upgrade to the latest handsets, tablets and wearables more sustainably: keeping used devices out of landfill, giving tech a new lease of life and fighting e-waste at the same time.”
As well as encouraging small businesses to recycle their old devices, O2 Business is also helping owners to consider small changes to the way they use technology to help reduce their carbon footprint, as the UK embraces flexible working – in the office, at home and on the go.
Working with IC&CO and carbon foot-printing specialists One Point Five Degrees, O2 has mapped out a series of easy to adopt hacks, tips, and tricks to help businesses use digital technology in a more sustainable way.
The top five tips for small businesses are:
To find out more about trading in your old business devices through O2 Recycle please visit o2recycle.co.uk or call the dedicated business team on 01603 269950.
Notes to Editor:
Standardised Carbon Footprinting Documents
Basic energy use calculator
Power usage of smart home gadgets
Paper waste analysis in the office
5 kWh per GB of data paper
Zoom and Oracle data usage
Countries by CO2 emissions
Carbon impact of using the cloud