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French Company Orange Launches New E-Waste Phone Recycling Facility in Ivory Coast
Time: 2014-07-31 10:22:03     Author: Administrator

French telecoms and mobile phone network provider, Orange, has inaugurated its fifth end-of-life mobile phone collection facility in Africa in the city of Abidja, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - the former political capital and primary economic centre of the country.

The company explained that mobile use is growing fast in Africa, making it a major environmental issue. There are already said to be 500 million mobile devices on the continent, as well as millions of discarded handsets which are often simply thrown away or burned due to the lack of recycling facilities in the majority of African countries.

Orange, which is present as a network operator in 20 African countries, said that the recycling of mobile phone waste is one of the major commitments of its CSR policy. The company opened the first of its collection and dismantling facilities for mobile phones in the Ivory Coast was opened in March 2010 in Burkina Faso, with others in Benin, Madagascar and Niger following.

The facilities the operator has set-up in partnership with Emmaüs International, an organisation which aims to tackle poverty, this waste is now being collected and transported to France for recycling. To mark its opening, Orange said that the latest facility sent a container loaded with 10 tonnes of mobile waste to France for processing.

According to Orange, in 2013 its recycling initiatives in France (collections at Orange stores and premises, collections from Orange’s major corporate clients, defective devices returned by customers and devices recovered through the ‘mobile second life’ offer) led to the collection of nearly 750,000 mobile phones.



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