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Give your phone a second life with Orange

We're committed to reducing mobile phone waste, having collected back more than 21 million used phones since 2010 for refurbishing or recycling. Our ambition is to go even further. Hundreds of millions of phones are still sleeping in our drawers and we think it's time to wake them up. We want everyone to know how easy it is to "bring their phone back to the store". Equipment manufacturing represents the biggest impact of digital technology on the environment. Returning your phone and giving it a second life can help preserve our planet's resources and therefore reduce this impact.

Mobile phone recycling: a virtuous circle that supports the circular economy

Orange RE the 4 pillars

The Group has been involved in phone recycling for several years, having already collected back nearly 21 million since 2010.

By promoting recycling, we’re responding to the French anti-waste law that will promote a circular economy through four ambitions that we also uphold:

  • Put an end to waste to preserve natural resources
  • Strengthen consumer information
  • Lobby manufacturers to transform manufacturing processes
  • Improve waste collection and help combat illegal dumping

How Orange collects your used mobiles

All you need to do is stop by an Orange shop and drop the phone off in the recycling bin provided. For extra security, we make sure all your personal data is wiped from the phone.

We offer a recycling facility in:
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain

In France you can print a pre-paid return label to stick on an envelope and slip in your phone. Your old mobile will then be sent to Les Ateliers du Bocage, an ecosystem and Orange partner that specializes in device refurbishment and recycling.

Download the postage paid label

Phone refurbishment: less money, less waste

In terms of European demand, the sixth Recommerce© Barometer in partnership with Vodafone and conducted by Kantar, indicates that more than 60% of surveyed consumers say the intend to buy a refurbished device. More than 43% of Europeans have already owned a second-hand smartphone, compared to 42% last year, showing that this remains a key point for mobile customers.

We’ve set a target of ensuring 10% of our entire device portfolio is made up of refurbished models in Europe by 2025.

This is both greener for the planet and kinder on your wallet! We already offer a range of reconditioned phones at competitive prices, with a one-year warranty on all brands.

We offer a phone refurbishment in:
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain

Phone returns: a win-win solution

We usually upgrade our smartphones even if there’s nothing wrong with them. If your smartphone still works, why not keep hold of it? However, if this is the route you wish to take, your old phone is probably still worth something. With the Orange Takeback offer, you cans simply bring your unwanted device into an Orange shop in return for a discount or voucher based on the current market value.

Thanks to this service, more than 1 million mobiles have been returned since 2022.

We offer a phone returns in:
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain

Repair: extending the life of your phone

78% of Orange customers want their phones to be more easily repaired. That’s why we have developed repair services in each of our European countries. Fixing everyday phone problems saves on costs and extends its life, even outside the warranty period.

As an added bonus, Orange often offers a replacement mobile while yours is in for repair.

We offer phone repair in:
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain

Solidarity sector

Through our partnership with Emmaüs International, we are the only operator to offer an end-to-end solidarity sector that both promotes the circular economy and helps create jobs in France and Africa. In France, all profits from recycling are donated to the association, which helps excluded populations and tackles poverty. What’s more, for each mobile phone collected back in France, we donate €2 to Emmaüs International: the opportunity to combine a great eco-initiative and a great cause!

Recycling 25,000 mobiles creates one new full-time job in France.

Creating jobs in Africa

Five workshops, opened since 2010 (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Niger and Cameroon) to collect mobile phone waste and recycle it in France, have created 27 jobs. Nearly 500 tonnes of mobile phone waste have been collected and recycled in these five countries, equivalent to 480,000 waste mobiles in 2023. Find out more about our local partners in Africa.

In France

To sort through all the mobiles collected, we partner with Les Ateliers du Bocage, which is based in France. These workshops can refurbish around 10% of devices that are in good working order, recover any raw materials that can be recycled, and then get rid of any non-recyclable waste.

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