MTN is working with Ericsson under their Ecology Management Program to launch the first electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) collection and awareness drive. This campaign is geared towards creating awareness and minimizing the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical and electronic equipment.
E-waste, not recycled properly, is an under acknowledged environmental hazard around the world. Africa, particularly West Africa, is one of the more highly affected continents because large quantities of end of life materials from around the world end up at dumps in this region. This project is provides a sound platform for raising awareness and discussing these issues.
Research shows that the world’s e-waste level reached 48.9 million tons during 2012 and is expected to increase 33% by 2017. MTN is leveraging on Ericsson’s wealth of experience in electronic waste management to not only evacuate the waste but also educate the general public and all key stakeholders about the importance of the proper disposal of the growing electronic waste in the world.
A collection depot with a 20-foot container has been opened at Stade de l’Amitié de Kouhounou, Cotonou, Benin,It will be operational for one month with the invitation to the general public to seize the opportunity to properly dispose of all forms of electronic waste. Leading the way, MTN will dispose of all electronic waste including old equipment purchased from Ericsson. At the close of the campaign, collected e-waste will be transported to an Ericsson-approved recycling partner in Durban, South Africa.
The Ecology Management Product Take-Back program is a part of Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility effort geared towards taking accountability for environmental impacts of all products and services during their lifecycle.
Globally, Ericsson provides free product retrieval and safe disposal services for equipment that have reached its shelf life, as part the company’s extended producer responsibility. Ericsson offers the program to all customers, guaranteeing that this e-waste does not end up in trade-restricted areas, landfill, or in places where unethical business practices are taking place.