ReCommerce, Boulanger and Electro Dépôt are teaming up to get your phones out of their drawers

ReCommerce, Boulanger and Electro Dépôt are teaming up to get your phones out of their drawers
ReCommerce, Boulanger and Electro Dépôt are teaming up to get your phones out of their drawers

The figures are clear. According to Arcep, you definitely have one or two electronic devices that are still functional lying around in your drawers. If you don’t know what to do with them, good news: the eco-organization Ecologic, Boulanger and Électro Dépôt have launched a major collection operation throughout the country. All overseen by Recommerce, which supervises “all stages of phone support, from drop-off to processing.

This large multi-brand operation is not very surprising since Électro Dépôt and Boulanger are both subsidiaries of the United.b group (owned by the Mulliez family). United.b Group which also bought Recommerce in 2022. So 300 ReBoxes will be installed in the holding company’s stores.throughout the national territory“. On the surface, the system will not be fundamentally different from what these brands are already required to implement under the 1 for 1 policy. Except that the emphasis here is on repair and reconditioning rather than recycling.

If the device is still functional, it is repaired if necessary and then the personal data is erased so that it can then be put back on the reconditioned market. Those that are neither repairable nor reusable will be recycled at Morphosis, a Normandy waste management specialist that already works in collaboration with many operators.

46 million mobiles to be collected

Tens of millions of smartphones and tablets are sleeping in our drawers, a real waste when we know that they can be reconditioned or recycled, and therefore have a new life or be recovered to make new materials.“, explains Pierre-Etienne Roinat, co-founder and president of Recommerce.

Let us recall that, according to figures from the Ecosystem organization, at least 46 million telephones are sleeping in the drawers of the French. And 36% of households have a telephone in their drawers “have no intention of reusing their stored phone and are ready to part with it“The urgent thing is therefore to get the devices out of the drawers, even those that are not functional, in order to irrigate the reconditioned market or even that of spare parts.”Preserving our resources involves extending the lifespan and then recycling our consumer products.“, explains Ludovic Degand, manager at Ecologic.

And if you want to give your cell phones a second life while earning a little money, many reconditioners offer more or less attractive trade-in deals depending on the age and condition of your phone.

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