A significant part of the ICT industry’s environmental impact comes from the manufacture of hardware and devices. This production involves consumption of raw materials, water and energy. Thus, for the industry it is essential to promote both improvements resource efficient manufacturing as well as recycling. As a service provider, we can have a positive impact on waste and environment, by promoting reuse, refurbishment and recycling of devices in an efficient and appropriate manner.
We promote product safety by making sure that the products we sell comply with the statutory environmental requirements. Concerning electronics, batteries, rechargeable batteries and packaging, Elisa operates under the Extended Producer Responsibility principles, by recycling electronical devices, batteries and accumulators, as well as packages.
In Finland, our shops have WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) collection receptacles, through which devices are taken for re-processing to become material for new electronic products. Our shops also have collection boxes for mobile phone batteries and other portable batteries. We provide monetary compensation for phones applicable for reuse, for example when purchasing a new one. In Estonia, Elisa’s shops accept used batteries. Used electronics may be returned without charge to for instance Kuusakoski recycling points. Elisa Estonia’s own electronics waste is recycled.
We follow statutory regulations and instructions when building our networks. In our network building and maintenance, we reuse equipment when appropriate, otherwise hardware is recycled, and materials reused in an appropriate manner.
Waste-related data is collected through Elisa’s sustainability reporting and monitoring system and is based on data by partners or own estimates.
In our offices the recycling and waste management is organised by local partners. We meet with them regularly to discuss and review the performance.