- Title: Hand over your phone for a discount in Egypt's national e-waste initiative
- Date: 11th October 2021
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (RECENT - SEPTEMBER 14, 2021) (REUTERS) OLD PHONES ON DISPLAY AT VODAFONE STORE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CONSULTANT AT VODAFONE, AHMED KHAIRY, SAYING: "Through the E-Tadweer initiative, we offer technical support to the iniatiative and offer, in our branches, a place where clients can dispose of their old electronic devices. We also launched a massive awareness raising campaign on social media platforms to inform our clients about the importance of recycling and its benefits to the environment." WOMAN WALKING IN VODAFONE STORE TO HAND IN OLD PHONE WOMAN GIVING OLD PHONE TO EMPLOYEE
- Embargoed: 25th October 2021 09:49
- Keywords: E-Tadweer Egypt Environment Waste
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Environment,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA008EYPT4D3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A new initiative in Egypt offers incentives to citizens to hand over their old electronic devices for recycling in an attempt to minimize the harmful impact of its unsafe management.
'E-Tadweer', launched in June this year after Egypt passed a new law for waste management in 2020, connects citizens with e-waste collection points at branches of Raya and Vodafone, two private sector telecommunications companies, who in turn move the discarded devices to recycling centres.
The initiative also allows users to log their old devices into a special application and get discount vouchers for a variety of products as an incentive.
Nearly 90,000 tonnes of e-waste are produced annually within the country of 100 million people.
They are usually handled by garbage collectors in the informal sector who keep the recyclable parts of electronics and haphazardly discard the rest.
This poses a serious environmental and public health threat due to contamination caused by hazardous minerals.
Ten factories are currently licensed to recycle e-waste and more factories are expected to receive new licenses, the environment ministry said.
The project is carried out by the Egyptian ministry of environment with the collaboration of the United Nations Development Programme and a number of private sector companies.
(Production: Sherif Fahmy, Mohammed Zaki, Mai Shams El-Din)
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