Ericsson and Entel have come together to work on e-waste disposal and recycling in Chile.
Entel will participate in Ericsson's global Ecology Management Product Take-Back Program, which ails to lower the potential environmental impact related with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment (e-waste)
The program includes collection, decommissioning, transport, storage and disposal of electrical equipment.
The program is part of Ericsson's sustainability and corporate responsibility efforts focused on ensuring accountability for the environmental impacts of all products and services in their lifecycles.
It aims to treat end-of-life material in an environmentally responsible manner by globally accredited e-waste recycling partners. .
Ericsson Latin America vice president Nicolas Brancoli said:
"Ericsson's e-waste recovery agreement with Entel marks a new milestone in our strategic alliance of over 18 years and extends the scope of this initiative in Latin America.
"It also helps create market awareness about e-waste and gives us the assurance that material nearing the end of its useful life is treated in an environmentally responsible manner."
Ericsson offers e-waste services as part of its Extended Producer Responsibility. The company offers the program to all customers globally and also in Europe where it is required by law.
It ensures that e-waste does not end up in trade-restricted areas, landfill or in places where unethical business practices are carried out.
Entel Chile CEO Antonio Büchi said:
"The new Extended Producer Responsibility law, or EPR, poses a major challenge for all companies, especially larger ones. Entel has had recycling programs for our technological materials, such as mobile phones, in place for some time now.
"Entel has had recycling programs for our technological materials, such as mobile phones, in place for some time now.
"We are very excited about this new partnership with Ericsson, one of our main network implementation partners, especially because it is aligned to the highest standards in regard to the treatment of recycled materials."