Flipkart, a major online retailer, has started an exchange programme for second hand air conditioners. Users will be able to exchange their old, used AC through this scheme on the online shopping site. According to Flipkart, this campaign will be applicable to all models of air conditioners. No matter where they were purchased, customers may replace their used air conditioners thanks to a nationwide rollout that covers all of Flipkart's functional pin codes.

Customers can order a new air conditioner while describing their old air conditioner on the product page to receive exchange value. A qualified technician will remove the old AC system (free of cost and for a limited period). Our delivery agent will check the uninstalled item at the door. The old AC will be picked up and the new AC delivered if the checks match.

Adarsh Menon, Senior Vice President and Head of New Businesses, Flipkart, said, “Over the years, there has been an ever-growing market for re-selling air conditioners which is highly unorganised and difficult to navigate. Through the AC Exchange Program on Flipkart, we aim to simplify this process and address nuanced pain points such as the uninstallation of old air conditioners to offer an end-to-end solution that combines the best value for the product, convenience, and discoverability. At Flipkart Group, it is our continuous endeavour to bring innovative tech-enabled solutions and enable reusability and responsible recycling which are indispensable in creating a sustainable economy.”

The country's rising air conditioner usage is contributing to a high level of scrap production. The irresponsible disposal of old air conditioners creates waste that contaminates the soil, water, and air. a justification for why the government is pressuring electronics producers to concentrate on gathering and recycling old devices. Through this project, Flipkart hopes to support the development of a circular economy. To ensure the secure and ethical disposal of scrap produced, it has worked with accredited e-waste recycling businesses.

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