How the E-Waste Recycling Program will work
Safaricom has placed collection boxes at each of its 36 retail centres and offices countrywide where customers will to be able deposit their old phones, chargers, batteries, toys, laptop computers, music players and other obsolete electrical equipment.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEE) will then collect the equipment from Safaricom, disassemble the gadgets and use what can be recycled locally to make plastic chairs and poles.
A report by UNEP in 2009 shows that Kenya is responsible for more than 17,000 tonnes of e-waste every year, out of which mobile phones contribute in excess of 150 tonnes. As a responsible corporate entity Safaricom too the bold step to ensure that its customers are not exposed to the adverse effects associated with the improper disposal of e-waste.
Through the initiative, customers will be able to deposit disused electronic equipment such as old phones, chargers, batteries, toys, laptop computers and music players in any of the 36 Safaricom retail centres and offices countrywide.