The electricity giant wants your old mobile – a new investment in data-safe recycling

Tomorrow, October 14, is International E-Waste Day for the third year. The day was instituted by the WEEE Forum to draw attention to the growing, environmentally harmful mountain of electrical scrap that is collected around the world and instead encourage better collection of waste so that it can be recycled in a better way.

It will also be safer. Together with the collection company Recipo, the electricity giant is launching a new system for taking advantage of the Swedes’ electrical scrap. Our obsolete mobile phones in particular seem to be in the spotlight, and the initiators estimate that there are around 25 million of these in Swedes’ homes. This according to a survey from Battery Recycling.

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With the introduction of the GDPR regulations, it is meant that we have gained better control of the sensitive information we provide, and therefore are less inclined to submit technology stuff for recycling. Something that now results in that The electricity giant exhibits Secure Collect containers in 45 department stores which should be “virtually impossible” to break into. According to Recipo, S├Ąpo methods are used to ensure that all information is deleted from the units.

When the containers are full, the contents are taken to a special facility for recycling. After the data erasure, the gadget regarding suitability for recycling is assessed and disassembled so that the raw materials can be used again.

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Recycling of electronic waste is nothing new for Elgiganten, but according to CEO Niclas Eriksson, Secure Collect wants to assure dubious customers that no sensitive data is leaking from their old stuff.

– Because mobile phones contain so much sensitive data, many people find it more difficult to give up their old mobile phone than other home electronics products. That’s why we now offer safe collection in 45 department stores. We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to recycle their used home electronics, he says in a press release.