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Repairing Products Significantly Reduces Your Impact on the Environment

Climate change should be at the forefront of every business and with telecommunications companies, even more so. Each year billions of waste is created by the telecoms industry, leaving a harmful impact on the environment.

How Does Buying New Technology Harm the Environment?

Some technology is made up of parts which harm the environment when they are extracted. Mining rare-earth metals (which a lot of technology is made from) gives off harmful emissions which kill all plant and animal life around nearby waterways and can have serious health consequences on people, including death.

New technology often leads to old technology quickly becoming out-of-date. This means that a lot of technology ends up in the bin (known as e-waste), which is a significant source of environmental damage. Liquids and gases from products dumped or placed in a landfill leak into the ground and atmosphere, spreading poisons into natural systems.

As well as this, telecom companies tend to be international enterprises. By shipping heavy products around the world, this increases their carbon footprint leaving a damaging imprint on the environment. Processes involving CO2 are particularly destructive to the ozone layer, which is our atmospheric shield against harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Results of e-waste on the environment

Source for statistics: The Balance Small Business

Evidence from the past ten years has shown just how much impact the telecommunications industry has on the environment. With manufacturing companies and brands targeting consumers with the message that they need to have the latest technology, every year the volume of waste is increasing steadily with no signs of decreasing.

Repair to Reduce the Impact on the Environment

In order to reduce your impact on the environment, repairing old equipment to be reused is the best step forward. The waste management hierarchy lays out the most favourable to least favourable actions when it comes to protecting the environment with resource consumption.

Waste heiracrchy to illustrate best practice

As you can see from the image above, prevention and reuse are the two most preferable steps. Prevention involves taking steps to minimize the waste being produced in the first place. This can include quality control and waste exchanges. Reuse is when something can be used again, without breaking down the item to make raw materials. This breaking down process is what we call recycling.

Why Repair Faulty Products?

When a product becomes faulty or out-of-date, consider getting it repaired. Once repaired, you will be able to use the product again without having to buy a new product. Not only does this save you money, but it also results in a better impact on the environment in the long run.

Often people dispose of faulty products because they think they no longer have use for them. Though the product is faulty, you may be able to fix the individual parts. Once repaired, this could give parts and products a new lease of life as they will go on to be reused again.

Many companies lean more towards buying new products as they think it is easier and less hassle to purchase new. The process of getting your goods repaired is actually very easy and doesn’t require much effort from you at all.

Even if your company is finished with the products, there are many companies out there who will pay good money to take your faulty products away, either for repair or resale. This process is much better than sending them to a landfill site as they can be used again.

Telecommunications equipment

Most telecommunications equipment is designed to last a very long time and they are often modular in design. Because of this, parts can often be easily repaired when faulty, then reused.

The range of equipment available around the world varies from country to country. This means that while one country may be using the latest parts, another country may be a generation or two behind with the products they’re using. Because there is so much equipment out there, with different companies using different versions of systems, it means that parts can be resold back into the market and reused somewhere else.

With the ever-present focus on the environment and sustainability, it is now the responsibility of every company to tackle the issue. By repairing your goods rather than buying new, telecom companies will significantly help towards reducing the footprint left by our practices.

What is Carritech Doing to Combat the Issue of Sustainability?

At Carritech, we have a core business of reuse/resell rather than recycle. Recycling itself has an impact on the environment and still leaves waste. Because of this, we try to avoid recycling as much as possible.

We aim to help prevent customer networks from becoming obsolete by prolonging their life. We repair a large range of equipment so you don’t have to buy new products, which has a greater impact on the environment.

By maintaining your existing equipment and ensuring its longevity, you will significantly reduce unnecessary expenditure throughout your organisation’s network. Continuing use of telecoms equipment helps your company meet its environmental standards and reduce the impact manufacturing new products has on the planet.

We repair a wide variety of equipment, including SDH, PDH, TDM, DSLAM, WDM and Microwave for manufacturers including Alcatel, Ericsson, Marconi, Siemens and Coriant. If you are looking to repair the equipment for re-use in your own network or for resale, we would be happy to help as we are keen to reduce the impact making new telecom products has on the environment.

More still needs to be done by telecom companies to reduce their impact on the environment. By repairing products, they can be reused or sold onto other companies which will reuse them, which is a much better alternative to throwing old parts out to landfill. If more companies take part in this practice, the need for new products will be minimised, ultimately resulting in less harmful emissions and chemicals being released into the atmosphere and damaging the environment.

Get in Touch

Don’t let your faulty equipment go to waste. If you have any questions regarding our telecommunications repair service, please feel free to contact us directly. A member of our team will be happy to assist you with your enquiry.

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