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Argos launch electrical waste trade-in scheme

clip_image002With the UK’s population estimated to now have £1bn worth of neglected electrical equipment, Argos have recently taken a bold and responsible step by becoming the UK’s first major retailer to offer an electrical waste trade-in scheme.

This service will allow customers to earn Argos vouchers by trading-in their unwanted mobile phones or tablets which otherwise could be destined to end up in waste disposal sites. Items can now be traded in at any of the firm’s 788 stores around the UK and will either be refurbished and resold or recycled for parts.

The scheme has been developed and supported by WRAP, a charity who aim to help companies develop more resourceful business models. WRAP’s mission is to ‘accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy’ and the ambition of this scheme is to reduce the amount of electrical items that are being sent to landfill.

Head of Corporate Responsibility at Argos, Amy Whidburn said: “As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices. Our new scheme in conjunction with Wrap offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately.”

Argos are initially only accepting mobile phones and tablets but they hope to extend the trade-in scheme, depending on the response from customers, to include laptops, satellite navigation devices and cameras. When customers trade-in their devices in store they will receive an instant quote for the item or items and if accepted they will receive a gift card equal to the valuation.

More information on waste disposal can be found on the LSPS website, or alternatively you can call LSPS on our free phone number: 0800 083 7807.

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