Copenhagen Launches Electronics Reuse Initiative

Copenhagen, in collaboration with environmental company Ragn-Sells, is proud to introduce an initiative helping Copenhageners to hand in their electronic devices for reuse.

The photo shows a collection box for used small electronic devices. The box is approximately 80 centimers wide and 80 centimeters in height. It has a text on the front that says
Collection box for used small electronic devices

Electronic waste is the fastest-growing waste category worldwide, and Denmark ranks third in electronic consumption globally. Danish citizens therefor generate in average 24.8 kg of electronic waste per year, 40% more than the average EU citizen and 210% more than the global average.

Recent studies by the City of Copenhagen have revealed that around 74 % of its citizens have at least one unused mobile phone stored at home that they no longer use, while 52 % have a tablet or laptop. Many of these devices are still working or could easily work after a light repair and therefore benefit new owners.

That is why Copenhagen has launched a project where citizens can safely drop off their unwanted devices for reuse. Fifteen secure, locked metal boxes have been placed throughout Copenhagen, each equipped with a mail slot for easy drop-off of electronic devices, such af mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and chargers.

This project, led by Copenhagen in collaboration with Ragn-Sells, will run until 2025. Ragn-Sells will oversee the operation of the collection boxes and ensure that all personal data will be deleted according to GDPR rules before the devices are prepared for new users

Once the electronics reach Ragn-Sells' facility, they are registered with serial numbers or given new barcodes to ensure full traceability throughout the resale process. The electronics are then sent to Ragn-Sells' European partners, who hold WEEELABEX certification, guaranteeing uniform rules for collection, storage, transport, processing, recycling, and reuse of electronics. Any personal data is deleted in accordance with GDPR regulations and the DIN66399-2 standard.

Once all sensitive data is removed, the electronics are prepared for new users. They are then resold in other parts of Europe, in places with greater experience in reselling older electronics compared to Denmark. Electronics that are irreparable and cannot be reused must still be dropped off at a recycling station or a local electronic waste container.