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HP boost to e-scrap recycling in East Africa

Africa – In a bid to recycle more electronics in East Africa, US-based multi-national Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been operating ‘€˜the first advanced e-scrap processing plant’€™ in the region under the name East Africa Compliant Recycling (EACR).

HP hopes the venture will help the country deal with the growing volume of mobile phones, computers and similar electronic equipment generated in East Africa. According to HP’€™s Director of Environment, Herve Guilcher, this was part of a pilot project in the Kenyan city of Mombasa to realise a scaleable model for e-scrap recycling.

‘€˜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,’€™ Mr Guilcher has told The Star newspaper. Everything from plastics and glass to batteries is disposed of according to the highest international criteria while generating local income and employment opportunities, he revealed.

By establishing the e-scrap centre, HP has been able to expand its free hardware recycling services for enterprise and commercial customers. According to Mr Guilcher, the facility will also serve as a take-back location for smaller appliances besides computers.

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