Makro, Fujitsu Siemens computers and Desco recyclers begin rollout of e-waste bin
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Consumers and businesses will soon be able to dispose of their electronic waste free of charge at specially designed bins situated at Makro stores countrywide. This follows the successful launch of a pilot project at Makro Woodmead in July 2008.
The initiative, the result of collaboration between Makro, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Desco Electronic Recyclers, comes in the wake of growing concerns about the potential long-term environmental and health hazards caused by electronic waste (e-waste).
The e-waste bins allow for the disposal of all brands of electronic devices. Typically, these include obsolete PCs, monitors, notebooks and cellphones. Items are then stripped and either recycled or disposed of in a safe and environmentally-correct manner.
A second e-waste bin will be placed at Makro Centurion on 5 December, with bins also planned for Makro stores in Strubens Valley, Crown Mines, Milnerton, P.E. and Wonderboom, among others.
“In South Africa, E-waste poses a serious threat to people and the environment and initiatives such as these are one way in which we can be part of the solution,” says Grant Pattison, CEO of Massmart Holdings, Makro’s holding company.
“Given the fantastic response from consumers and businesses alike, it makes sense for the e-waste project to be implemented nationally, using Makro’s store network. This is a highly effective way for us to contribute towards the protection of the environment,” says Greg Hart, Quality and Control manager for Fujitsu Siemens Computers who is managing the e-waste project.
Makro has increased its focus on responsible environmentalism and the e-waste project provides evidence of this commitment.