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Manufacturers team up to tackle Colombia’s e-waste

Colombia – Colombia’s Ministry of Environment has launched an initiative to recycle discarded electronic equipment, teaming up with global brands Dell, Nokia, Motorola, Avantel and Sony as part of a bid reduce the environmental impact of landfilled electronics.

Under the heading ‘Project Environment’, manufacturers will install drop-off points from where waste electronic equipment will be sent to Lito SA – a specialist recycler which will return extracted materials back to the manufacturer. ‘The Ministry has started three years ago to promote proper management of waste electrical and electronic equipment,’ notes Alejandra Sanchez, the country’s Deputy Minister for Environment.

Studies indicate that, between 1997 and 2007, some 6000 to 9000 tonnes of waste per annum was generated from computers alone in Colombia. By 2013, this figure is expected to rise as high as 140 000 tonnes.

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