Recycled e-waste shows 100% growth

12 February 2020 | Business

Yolanda Nel The equivalent of 10 000 computer monitors were recycled in Namibia in 2019, contributing to a 100% growth in the amount of electronic waste (e-waste) recycled in 2018.
According to a statement by NamiGreen, about 102 000kg of e-waste was recycled last year. “The company's focus on service, availability and professional handling of e-waste has attracted more clients than previous years. Those factors, as well as increased awareness in the Namibian society, the work of organizations like Recycle Namibia Forum and increased governmental focus has allowed us to recycle even more e-waste than before,” said Per Hansen, CEO of NamiGreen.
He added that all of this would not have happened without the help of their suppliers, clients, stakeholders and the people involved in the e-waste recycling mission. Early forecasts for 2020 reveal more growth for the Namibian e-waste recycler, and NamiGreen is again expected beat previous e-waste recycling rates.
Hansen said that recycling is important for the future of any country. "If we don't want to live in a toxic dump, we need to recycle. The majority of all electronic gadgets and devices contain materials that can cause harm to the eco-systems we have around us, to human and animal health as well as pollute our drinking and fishing waters if the electronics are not recycled properly."
The standard practice in Namibia for many years was to landfill electronic waste. Instead NamiGreen now creates jobs and removes the hazardous materials from the environment. Citizens can easily recycle their used and broken electronics by placing it in one of the e-waste bins. They also offer companies and organisations a free e-waste collection service. This can be organised by a call or filling in an e-waste collection form online at www.namigreen.com.

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