Telcos in drive to recycle counterfeit phones

MOBILE

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Telcos in drive to recycle counterfeit phones

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

As Kenya gears for the switching off of counterfeit mobile phones, the biting question has been on how to handle the anticipated surge in electronic-waste (e-waste). 

To tame the e-waste menace, mobile phone handset manufacturer Nokia has partnered with local mobile service providers and retail outlets to collect and recycle counterfeit phones, ahead of the planned switch-off  by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

The company, which already has several collection points at its customer care centres, has partnered with Safaricom, Airtel, Nakumatt, Naivas, Phonelink, and Tuskys to ensure an additional 100 collection points are set up across the country, making it easier for consumers to dispose of fake phones.

Ahead of the CCK’s planned switch-off at the end of September 2012, there has been mounting concern amongst Kenyan NGOs, environmental agencies and consumers as to what will happen to these devices once they are discarded.

The number of counterfeit handsets in use around the country is estimated at over two million, and it is feared that once switched off the handsets will end up in landfills, contributing to the growing e-waste threat in the country.

Rresearch conducted by Nokia in late 2011 indicated that only 14% of Kenyans were aware that mobile phones could be recycled, and only 2% were actively recycling these devices.

“Consumers in Kenya, like in many countries across the globe, are unaware of the environmental benefits of recycling their broken or unwanted mobile phones,” says Bruce Howe, General Manager for Nokia East Africa.

"The reality is that mobile phones contain many valuable and useful materials that can be recycled, including precious metals and plastics. In fact, for every one million phones recycled, it is possible to recover nearly 35kg of gold and 350kg of silver, which can be re-used in the production of future electronic goods,” he said.

With over 6,000 collection points in about 100 countries, Howe says Nokia runs the largest mobile phone recycling programme in the world.

“The company’s recycling program generates no revenue for the company, but is an important part of its overall sustainability initiatives. As part of this program Nokia collects and recycles handsets and mobile phone accessories, including counterfeit ones and those of other manufacturers,” he said.

“We have the capability to manage a recycling program of this nature and to ensure that these phones are broken down and recycled to the highest quality standards. In addition to the benefit from re-using the materials, this also greatly reduces the need for virgin minerals and reduces carbon emissions,” adds Howe.

 “If all the people currently using mobile phones recycled just one unused phone at the end of its life, together we could save nearly 370,000 tonnes of raw materials and reduce greenhouse gases to the same effect as taking 6 million cars off the road”.

Nokia is also working with the Anti-Counterfeits Authority (ACA), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), as well as local operators to encourage consumers to adopt a recycling mentality.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

Student, others now landlords in MTN Trutalk promo

More lucky winners have emerged in the MTN Trutalk Best 11 Promo. At the final prize presentation ceremony held in Victoria Island, Lagos, at the weekend, some lucky winners were presented with gift of houses worth N15million each. Read More

Airtel, Ericsson extend partnership with LTE deployment in Gabon

Airtel Gabon has partnered with Ericsson for the deployment of next generation LTE technology and mobile network transformation.  Read More

Afmobi promises Nigerians jobs with offline platform

A team of experts at Afmobi Nigeria have designed a wireless platform that will create jobs or make Nigerians entrepreneurs through a plethora of fun apps, games, movie, music, pictures and business content hosted on a ‘magical fun box’ called Palmplay offline TM. Read More

The hospital of tomorrow uses mobile

Aruba Networks discusses how mobile technology is creating a radical shift in the future of healthcare. Read More

MNOs prefer paying fines to compliance, says NCC

The NCC has expressed disgust at the attitude of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Nigeria when it comes to compliance.    Read More

Safaricom announces new suite of data products

Safaricom has announced a suite of new data products that will offer its subscribers access to faster data more conveniently. Read More

African wireless to benefit from Fortinet’s Meru acquisition

Enterprises looking to boost their wireless network security, capacity and control are set to benefit from Fortinet’s pending acquisition of Meru Networks, says the Fortinet Africa team. Read More

BlackBerry makes $137m from software, technology licensing in 3 months

BlackBerry Limited this week reported its financial results for the three months ended May 3 this year, showing earnings of $137 million from software and technology licensing revenue. Read More

Broadband a GDP enabler: MainOne

Broadband has a key role to play as an enabler to increase employment and grow GDP, MainOne CEO Funke Opeke told the recent Commonwealth Broadband Forum held in Abuja. Read More

BICS reports explosion in LTE roaming

BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, says it has witness a rapid increase in LTE roaming traffic over its market-leading IPX network.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

Kenyan SACCOS riding on innovation to attract customersKenyan SACCOS riding on innovation to attract customers

As confidence in mainstream banks remains low due to prohibitive interest rates, customers are embracing Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) as an alternative.

IN DEPTH

As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.