The wide world of recycling

The wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

A large electronics manufacturer is stepping up its efforts to recycle more electronics in East Africa, and an official in Britain has presented a growth forecast for the country's recycling industry.

Hewlett-Packard has opened the first advanced e-scrap processing plant in East Africa to better deal with the increase of discarded mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices generated in the region, reports The Star, which has an interview piece with Herve Guilcher, the company's director of environment.

According to the interview, HP launched East Africa Compliant Recycling last year, the region's first e-scrap recycling facility. The facility was also part of a pilot project in Mombasa to produce a scalable model for e-scrap recycling, while also getting a better sense what was needed to better collect and recycle old electronics.

"Since beginning official operations, the EACR remains the only recycling facility in Kenya to accept, dismantle and separate all e-waste components, not just the valuable resources," Guilcher told the paper. "Plastics, glass, batteries — everything — are all disposed in accordance with the highest international criteria while generating local income and employment opportunities."

As a result of the center, HP has expanded its free hardware recycling services for enterprise and commercial customers, according to Guilcher. The facility, which meets international environmental and health standards, will also begin accepting appliances in addition to computers.

Great Britain's recovery and recycling sector is expected to grow by 3.9 percent in the next year, according to figures revealed by Richard Benyon, environment minister, in Parliament. He also predicted a 3 percent growth in the waste management sector.

"The 2011 Review of Waste Policy in England sets us on the path towards a zero-waste economy where materials are valued and nothing of value is discarded," said Benyon in response to a question from the opposition. "It will support the sector's transition from focusing on disposal to landfill to greater reuse, recycling and recovery of waste material."

He also valued Britain's waste and recycling sector at over 12 billion GBP ($7.42 billion) in 2010-2011, employing between 104,000 to 150,000 people.

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