Repair, recycle and upcycle: Join the movement to reduce electronic waste

TELUS is sponsoring Canada’s first ever Circular Economy Month this October, an awareness campaign that focuses on the importance of waste reduction and recycling. The majority of Canadians, 69 per cent, say their mobile phone is their most expensive personal item, however less than half of the population has actually repaired their phone and only 12 per cent of Canadians have ever purchased a used device. To help address this problem, TELUS is encouraging Canadians to repair, recycle or upcycle their pre-loved phones or tablets, helping to contribute towards the circular economy by prolonging their device’s lifespan, reducing electronic waste and keeping them out of landfills. 

Canadians can be an active participant in the circular economy this month and all year round by:

  • Repairing pre-loved devices. Canadians can keep their devices longer and minimize waste by visiting one of TELUS’ Mobile Klinik stores to have it repaired, whether it’s a cracked screen, sluggish operating system or water damage, or other issues. Each day, Mobile Klinik refurbishes 300 devices across its more than 125 locations in Canada.
  • Recycling pre-loved devices. Bring a pre-loved device into a TELUS store where the team will responsibly recycle it to keep it out of landfills. TELUS will also plant a tree for every device recycled as part of its mission to plant its one millionth tree. Learn more about how to recycle your device.
  • Upcycling pre-loved devices.Drop off pre-loved phones or tablets at a TELUS store and the team will upcycle them to connect a Canadian-in-need through TELUS’ Mobility for Good® program. TELUS’ Mobility for Good provides access to smartphones for youth aging out of foster care, low-income seniors and Indigenous women at risk or surviving violence. Find out more about donating your phone.  

Circular Economy Month aligns with TELUS’ focus on environmental sustainability and its long-standing efforts to help preserve and protect the planet. TELUS’ 2021 Sustainability Report outlines its environmental, social, and governance strategy and priorities which includes the ambitious goal to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025. TELUS’ network infrastructure and investments are helping Canadians transition to a sustainable future through the digitization of the economy, including optimizing energy consumption at home and reducing food waste through its TELUS Agriculture solutions. 

To learn more about TELUS’ commitment to a more sustainable future, visit telus.com/sustainability.

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