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Posted by Caroline Le Brun | January 31, 2012 3:10 PM

Recycle Wireless Devices

Managing the entire lifecycle of mobile phones, Laptops and other IT devices in an organization from cradle to grave is a part of maintaining the corporate ecosystem.  Unfortunately, often companies deal with the retirement of telecom and IT devices haphazardly. A common strategy includes stuffing them into drawers, server rooms, filling cabinets and other creative spots.

Scavenger hunting is a common (albeit time consuming) method used in many telecom and IT audits. Discover devices that may be hiding in and around your office environment. You want to make sure that you look under your desks, in ceilings panels, closets and microwaves. You may be surprised as to what you may find..

After collecting all your unused phones, laptops etc. the first question you should ask yourself should be:

  • Can these devices be reallocated in the company?

If the answer is YES, you may want to review (and possibly rework), your company policy, and try to discover why these devices were in hiding in the first place.

The next question you should ask yourself is:

  • Have inactive lines been disconnected?
  • Is the information (call history, emails, documents, etc.) sensitive or confidential?

If the answers are YES, then be sure to disconnect lines, wipe the phone and laptop memory and destroy any SIM cards (if present). You may also want to look into discovering other potential inactive lines or active lines that are no longer used by the company (for example: ex-employees who are still using their devices).

Easily implement a Green Initiative at your Company

Implementing a recycling program as a part of company policy can help to avoid accumulating old and/or underutilized devices. In Addition, your company will be contributing to a “green’er’ initiative”. Research has found that the process of harvesting metals from electronic devices can be as much as 10 times more efficient than extracting them from the earth.  

Once you have separated and organized devices that need to be reallocated and those that will need to be recycled, you will need to identify the most appropriate recycling program.

In Canada there are many options for recycling, such as the following:

Retail & Carrier Programs:

Charitable Partnership Programs:

Motorola’s Environmental Initiative

Bell Blue Box Program




Virgin Mobile

Roger’s Phone for Food

Samsung S.T.A.R. Programme


Apple Recycling Program


BlackBerry Trade up Program




HP Eco Solutions


ERA Corporate Pickup Services



Recycling devices is only a small part of managing the end game of telecom and IT devices in your company. Once you implement a TEM and IT Cost Management solution can automate many of the processes concerned with entire lifecycle of telecom and IT devices and services.  The software can help your company to avoid the intermittent use of audits. Interested? Request a free live demo today!


Topics: Mobile Devices, LifeCycle, IT devices, Lifecycle management

Written by Caroline Le Brun

As a 16-year marketing veteran, Caroline’s experience extends across multiple industries. Since she joined Cimpl, her successful marketing campaigns have increased the company’s online and community presence, in addition to Cimpl’s footprint and appearances in new or traditional media (such as the Globe and Mail). Caroline is a specialist in communication and social media. She works closely with analysts to keep track of and adapt to the trends and changes in the industry of IT: Technology Expense management, IT cost optimization, Technology trends. Her leadership conducts Cimpl’s marketing team toward ever greater achievements. Caroline is also an exemplary citizen. Outside of work, she is involved in TEMIA, the Dorval Day Camp, and other community organizations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University and a Master Certificate in Integrated online Strategies from the University of San Francisco Intensive Development program.

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