- 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) SIGN READING (Arabic): "THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE SAFE COLLECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRIC AND ELECTRONIC WASTE" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FOUNDER OF 'E-TADWEER', KARIM DABBOUS, SAYING: "In Africa, we rank first among the list of countries with the higest production of e-waste. When I was doing my masters, I stayed for two months in India, I saw that this industry is strong, it accomodates a huge workforce and is successful in managing waste. So I thought we are no less."
- 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: LVA006EYPT4D3
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- 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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