In the case of electronics, batteries, rechargeable batteries and packaging, Elisa is bound by the WEEE Directive. In Finland, our shops have WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) collection receptacles, through which waste is taken for re-processing to become material for new electronic devices. Our shops also have collection boxes for mobile phone batteries and other portable batteries. We provide monetary compensation for any functional phone given to us by a customer who purchases a new one. These phones are sold to be recycled.
In Estonia, Elisa’s shops accept used batteries. Used electronics may be returned without charge to Kuusakoski recycling points, for example. Elisa Estonia’s own electronics waste is recycled at Kuusakoski in Finland.
Other Environmental impacts
A significant part of the ICT industry’s environmental impact comes from the manufacture of devices. Conflict minerals, such as gold and tin, are also used in the manufacture of these devices. As a service provider, Elisa can reduce the environmental impact from the manufacture of devices by effectively and properly recycling used devices.
We follow statutory regulations and instructions when building our network. We promote product safety by making sure that the products we sell comply with the statutory environmental requirements.
Reduced biodiversity and its negative impact on ecosystem services, such as natural resources and regulation mechanisms, poses risks for business. Elisa’s business is no different. Our direct impact on biodiversity is very low. We can best protect biodiversity by combating climate change.
We use small amounts of water in our service production. We haven't examined yet our indirect water consumption, but we will do that in the future.