In 2020, Huawei recycled over 4,500 tons of electronic waste through its nearly 2,000 recycling stations in 48 countries and regions around the world.
In a linear economy, the company acquires materials from natural resources and bury or incinerate them when they are no longer needed.
Under this model, Huawei is consuming resources that are already very limited, and burdening the environment.
Its annual report said that Huawei is committed to exploring how to contribute more to the circular economy, reducing reliance on natural resources, and providing customers with more environmentally friendly products.
To reduce the pressure on Huawei’s four-step trade-in process environment, Huawei continues to improve its product designs, reduce the weight and size of product packaging, and use fiber-based packaging instead of plastic packaging, so that the packaging materials can be more easily disposed of, the report said.
It has also stablished a global recycling program to extract residual value from electronic waste, which will help reduce its consumption of resources, and contribute to the circular economy.
According to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020, e-waste has become the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream.
It is part of business s social responsibility to recycle as much electronic waste as possible and reduce the impact of products on the environment. The company has built a global recycling program for device products and scaled up product trade-in program.
“When we receive e-waste, we first categorize the products so that we can most efficiently recycle them and recoup their full value. Electronics that can be refurbished are handed to our partners for resale through official sales channels. Since 2015, we have resold nearly 500,000 devices.”, report said.
Waste that must be scrapped is given to qualified third parties who can disassemble and dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner, to minimize environmental pollution.