Polycom has launched a new initiative with Sims E-Recycling to recycle old conference phones.
The program, called No More Buzz, is expected to run for three months, but could be extended if successful.
Under the arrangement, Sims E-Recycling will take old conference phones from users and provide them with a discount certificate to go towards products from the refreshed Polycom phone range. The offer is valid with conference phones from any vendor.
Polycom senior marketing manager, Sharonika Pratap, said Sims E-Recycling was chosen on the basis that it had implemented similar programs in the past with other vendors, and was flexible and cost-effective.
"We hope this is the beginning of a long partnership with Sims E-Recycling for future initiatives," Pratap said.
Polycom is keen to get its partners involved in the program, she said.
"We've invited key resellers to participate in the program, and we've given them all the materials they need to take to their customers. We're also running sales competitions for the top sellers through this initiative," Pratap said.
Polycom is promoting the program initially online and through Web-based advertising campaigns. Pratap said the plan was to keep print promotional materials to a minimum to support the environmentally-friendly theme.
Polycom has also introduced a global mandate to reduce the amount of travel employees do through video conferencing.
Pratap said there was a big push to demonstrate significant carbon output savings later in the year.
The e-waste campaign coincides with the launch of Polycom's new voice conferencing solutions, which include RF shielding and isolation technologies to improve audio quality.