It’s time we rethink the journey of our devices; because we know that even if you’re ready for an upgrade, your old one still has plenty of life to give.

Ask yourself: what will happen to your old smartphone? Maybe you toss it in a drawer or maybe you toss it in the trash to end up in a landfill. Without properly disposing of our old devices, we are all contributing to the rapidly growing global problem of electronic waste – or ‘e-waste’.

Each year, the world produces more than fifty million tons1 of waste from electronics alone, and less than 20% is formally recycled. Our world’s resources are finite and we need to find a better, more sustainable way to use technology – one that transforms our system into a circular economy that continuously reuses and recycles our materials in an infinite loop.

We believe that e-waste is a problem that we can tackle together. Seemingly simple actions can have a big ripple effect.

For example, did you know that extending the life of all smartphones and other electronic devices in just one year can save as much CO2 emissions as taking two million cars off the road every year2?

We know that no one can solve this e-waste problem alone. At Samsung, we have a responsibility and the ability to provide the infrastructure and inspiration to our Galaxy users so we can move forward together. Through our new sustainability platform, Galaxy for the Planet, we are committed to protecting the planet in everything we do, by removing all waste from landfills by 2025 and fighting e-waste worldwide.

Throughout the product lifecycle, we empower the entire Galaxy ecosystem to take simple, individual actions — billions of actions around the world — that, when amplified on a global scale, have the power to drive positive change. Samsung offers several programs aimed at promoting more environmentally conscious habits in our daily lives that help Galaxy users reduce, reuse and recycle the waste generated by old electronic devices.


Minimize waste with product repair

We have nearly 5,000 customer service centers around the world with certified technicians who can help you tune your old Galaxy device, even if you’re already planning to buy a brand new one. Through our product repair services, we help you extend the life of your device and reduce e-waste.

Optimizing product life with Android OS upgrades

We help users maximize the life of their current device by supporting three generations of Android operating system (OS) upgrades and firmware security updates for a minimum of four years on millions of Galaxy devices.3 With this offering, we extend the lifecycle of our Galaxy products and we promise to provide a simple and secure mobile experience that takes advantage of the latest innovations forever.


Creating new possibilities with Galaxy Upcycling

Our Galaxy Upcycling initiative empowers consumers to reuse Galaxy smartphones, giving them a new lease of life, offering new capabilities and value. Whether we’re providing innovative technologies to give underprivileged populations greater access to ophthalmic care or turning smartphones into Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as a baby or pet monitor, these simple changes not only help meet our personal lifestyle needs, but also promote a more circular economy.

Extend the life of our devices through trade-in and recertification

Through our Trade-In and Certified Re-Newed (CRN) programs, we collect old and unused smartphones and prepare them for reuse for new uses and new users. For example, our trade-in program allows users to donate their old smartphones for instant credit for a new one. Through Certified Re-Newed, old devices are evaluated, updated, repaired and given the Certified Re-Newed Stamp of Approval, enabling us to offer consumers near-new, high-performance Galaxy technology and put less strain on the planet.


Transforming waste with take-back

Our Take-Back program4 encourages users to donate old or unused smartphones, tablets and PCs for proper and safe recycling. Instead of generating additional e-waste, Samsung collects and reuses your unwanted electronics in new ways and ensures that the materials in your devices don’t end up in landfill.

When you participate in just one of these programs, you contribute to the sustainability efforts of Galaxy users around the world who are working together to fight this environmental problem. Together we promote a more circular economy and protect our planet’s natural resources for future generations. Consider joining our programs today!

Samsung is committed to providing innovative technologies that help build a better future and empower users to adopt more sustainable practices. This also includes taking tangible steps to reduce our environmental impact and reshape consumer experiences through our sustainability platform, Galaxy for the Planet.

View the 2021 Sustainability Report to see Samsung’s progress on sustainability.

1 World Economic Forum, new circular vision for electronics, 2019

2 World Economic Forum, How to Save the Planet, One Mobile Device at a Time, 2020

3 Availability of Android OS upgrades and security updates may vary by device and market. The upgrade schedule will depend on factors including but not limited to update complexity, model, as well as market penetration and more.

4 For more information, visit the Samsung Customer Service Center in your region.

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