(Xinhua) -- East and
Central Africa’s largest supermarket chain, Nakumatt Holdings
on Friday launched a program to promote e-waste recycling.
retailer will partner with UNEP, Hewlett Packard and the East
African Compliant Recycling Center (EACR), to scale up
sustainable management of e-waste.
new partnership will transform electronic waste recycling in
the country. We intend to sensitize consumers on safe disposal
of used gadgets to protect the environment,” said
Nakumatt’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Raman Subramanian.
retailer will partner with key stakeholders to run a month long
e-waste recycling campaign dubbed “Recycle today for a better
Holdings has prioritized environmental sustainability in its
Corporate Affairs Director noted that the retail chain has
collected tonnes of electronic waste that will be handed over to
certified recycling firms.
have established collection bins for electronic gadgets like
fridges, phones, chargers, stereos and computers. Nakumatt has
embedded environmental sustainability at the heart of our key
operations,” Subramanian said.
revealed that the retail chain will roll out the e-waste
recycling program across east Africa. There is need for
businesses to forge links with regulatory agencies and
conservations lobbies to promote e-waste recycling.
Environmental Director, HP, Herve Guilcher stressed that
strategic partnerships will transform e-waste recycling.
waste has economic value and its proper management will create
jobs and income. We need to explore ways in which electronic
waste can be tapped to create new incomes while protecting the
environment,” Guilcher said.
American Computer manufacturer has financed a pilot project in
the Kenyan coast to promote e-waste recycling.
2010, we have involved the youth groups to promote the
business of e-waste recycling. Hewlett Packard has provided
sustainable business solutions to the electronic waste
menace,” Guilcher said.
revealed the computer manufacturer has recycled an estimated one
million tonnes of e-waste. UNEP has encouraged countries to
develop policy and regulatory incentives to promote e-waste
of UNEP Kenya Program, Henry Ndede stressed that a conducive
friendly environment will attract funding and technologies
required to enhance recycling of electronic waste.
waste is the new face of pollution as more people acquire
gadgets like personal computers, television sets, smart phones
and fridges. We need to translate theories into practice in
order to have robust e-waste recycling plants,” Ndede said.
entrepreneurs have tapped into e-waste recycling to create
sustainable incomes for under-privileged youth.
CEO, East African Compliant Recycling (EACR), Robert Truscott,
told Xinhua that Kenyan youth have embraced recycling of e-waste
to expand their revenue streams.
must bear in mind that business, consumers and the wider
society will benefit from e-waste recycling. We have
transformed youth at the bottom of the pyramid through
innovative projects,” said Truscott.