Boost for recycling and job creation

According to the World Health Organisation, many companies use primitive techniques that devastate the health of both workers and the environment.

03 December 2018 | Environment

With job creation stagnant and e-waste problems increasing, the company NamiGreen has begun with operations throughout the country with twin goals in mind: To jump-start both electronic waste recycling and employment through gathering and processing old cell phones, computers, television sets, and other devices.

To advance this goal, NamiGreen has created a partnership with the Ministry of Education. Together they plan on solving the growing e-waste problem in Namibia.



Electronic junk

Too many broken and otherwise unusable electronic devices end up in landfills or are dumped directly into the environment. With 95% or more of Namibian e-waste not going into recycling, this waste builds up rapidly in overburdened landfills where it can leach toxic and deadly materials into the soil and groundwater.

The partnership with the Ministry of Education allows NamiGreen to bring recycling facilities into the government complex. Here people can freely dispose of their e-waste and rest assured that it will not end up in a landfill or other locations that can harm the community or the environment.

Meanwhile the company will continue to expand operations through partnerships with additional organisations and public institutions.

NamiGreen also calls for all Namibians to start recycling their e-waste. Recycling ensures that the environment remains safe and that more young Namibians can enjoy good paying jobs in the industry.

Employment represents the other side of the equation. Only 50% of young adult Namibians have jobs. Close to one-third of all adult Namibians hold no gainful employment. Opportunities like those provided by NamiGreen's recycling initiative can help more families eat better and keep a roof over their heads.



Modern technology

Additionally, NamiGreen will implement modern technology and techniques to separate rare earth materials from recycled devices.

Namibia has no monopoly on this problem. E-waste throughout Africa represents a growing problem that already makes a tragic impact on many communities. Namibia has an opportunity to serve as a model for both e-waste recycling and economic development opportunities related to it.

NamiGreen has developed partnerships with the private sector, mining operations, government agencies, and other organisations throughout the country. With its aggressive and effective outreach, NamiGreen expects to move quickly toward its goal of establishing a strong and productive e-waste recycling program throughout the country and is looking to expand operations through partnerships with other private organisations and public institutions.

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