Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Motorola e-waste programme

Motorola Motorola has announced a take-back recycling programme for its US Enterprise Mobility Solutions (EMS).  The products covered include all Motorola-branded enterprise mobility equipment, which means mobile and portable two-way radios; handheld mobile computers; barcode scanners; imagers; in-vehicle mobile workstations; accessories; network infrastructure equipment and computers, laptops and monitors. The service is mostly free, but customers may have to pay delivery costs.

Smaller, more portable items can be shipped to one of Motorola’s e-waste recycling partners.  Larger equipment can be picked up by one of the partners.  

Motorola already participates in such programmes in Europe under the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.  Elsewhere, take-back bins are located at various collection points for returning equipment.

This is just business equipment – consumer devices already have programmes in place.  In the US, Motorola consumer customers can print a postage-paid label to return branded modems, routers and cordless phones, as well as mobile phones and mobile phone accessories from any manufacturer.  The company has some form of consumer take-back programme in 70 countries around the world.

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