Recycling: A Cornerstone of The Repair Industry
In 2020, the United Nations found that 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste (or e-waste) was disposed of in that year alone, which was a 21 percent increase in five years. In 2021, e-waste continued to grow, with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum expecting e-waste to total 57.4 million metric tons. Phones alone attribute an average of 100-120 million parts disposed of every year in the U.S. alone, which is an alarming number. If things continue as they are, e-waste will increase annually by 30%.
While it may not be the primary reason many repair shops have joined the industry, recycling lives at the foundation of technology repair. By simply doing our part to keep phones and other devices in people’s hands for a longer period of time, we reap the benefits of recycling simply as a byproduct of repair.
At Mobile Defenders, we’re proud to be a part of a community and industry that inherently keeps e-waste out of landfills and instead in use. But what are we doing outside of that to ensure environmental responsibility?
Broken Screen Buyback
With our Broken Screen Buyback program, you can trade in broken screens taken off customer devices during repair and receive credit to use on the repair parts you need! Essentially, you are getting free product in exchange for the broken screens that would otherwise find their way into landfills. The screens themselves also have the opportunity to have a new lease on life. It’s a win-win!
If you haven’t taken advantage of our Broken Screen Buyback program, now is as good a time as any to start. Visit the program’s page on our website and create a quote today!
Battery Recycling Initiative
Batteries are composed of incredibly volatile materials that can be extremely harmful to the environment if not handled properly. That’s why every battery that comes through both our returns and Broken Screen Buyback program is assessed for functionality. From here, partner with a local company in Grand Rapids, MI who handle our recycling efforts.
If you’re curious about how we recycle batteries in more detail, read our blog on battery recycling!
While repair is inherently good for the environment, there’s still more that we as a repair industry can do. An easy place to start is by enrolling in our Broken Screen Buyback Program! Together we can be successful in business as well as environmentally conscious.