Greentec processing phones for Glentel
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario — Cambridge-based electronic recycler Greentec will collect and recycle used mobile devices from Canadian mobile phone retailer, Glentel Inc. With more than 245 retail outlets across Canada branded as WIRELESSWAVE and Tbooth wireless, Glentel recognizes its customers generate hundreds of millions of used devices every year.
Greentec specializes in Certified Data Destruction and Sustainable Electronics Recycling, ensuring devices that are disposed of do not pose a privacy or environmental risk to individuals.
With an incredibly short lifespan, mobile phones are disposed of after an average of two years. This year alone, 31 million Canadians are in possession of a smartphone, meaning half of these individuals are likely to be in the market for a new device. This will lead to millions of smartphones being added to the landfill every year, and harmful toxic chemicals from lithium batteries pose a growing environmental and health threat through water and soil contamination.
“All electronic waste is harmful if not disposed of properly, but we see an imminent threat to people from mobile phone waste,” states Greentec president and CEO, Tony Perrotta.
“Mobile phones are a staple in society and there is a constant demand for the newer and better models. It’s evident that providers need to help manage the growing amount of discarded cell phones.”
Once old smartphones have been collected at Glentel’s retail locations, Greentec ensures all data is destroyed from the device before processing the device for reusable components and recyclable materials. This provides a highly convenient solution for consumers who may want to recycle their device properly, but are unsure where to go for disposal services that will completely remove their personal data.
“We want to continue to act as a responsible one-stop shop for every Canadian’s mobile needs,” says Vince Cosentino, National Director of Business Development of Glentel.
“It is no longer sufficient to just provide consumers with mobile devices, we must offer them an effective lifecycle solution. We are committed to being a sustainable mobile retailer that works with customers throughout the entire lifespan of their devices.”