Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Makro have partnered in a joint initiative to provide consumers and businesses with a safe and environmentally-sensitive method of recycling electronic waste (e-waste), which poses a potential environmental threat.
"As a pilot project, an e-waste recycling hub has been placed at Makro's Woodmead store and we are encouraging people to bring us their e-waste for recycling," says Bruno Persic, consumer channel manager at Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
"People can make use of this hub to recycle all electronic waste including notebooks, PC's, monitors, cellular phones and calculators, irrespective of brand. We plan to roll this project out at all of Makro's stores nationwide within the coming months."
The average computer monitor contains over 10 times the lead that a car does. This could pose an environmental hazard if incorrectly disposed, and the impact would be extremely long-term. Disposing of e-waste in the recycling hub will result in the item being stripped, recyclable elements recycled, and hazardous materials disposed of in an environmentally-correct manner.
"When one considers that about 240 000 notebooks and 120 000 PC's are sold through the retail channel in South Africa annually, there is the potential for a great deal of e-waste posed by the devices and units that these are replacing. We see it as our responsibility to facilitate the disposal of as much as possible of this waste in an environmentally-correct manner," says Persic.
Derick Kalan, general merchandise director of Makro Stores, adds: "As a large retailer of electronic products in South Africa, we believe that it is our duty to facilitate the recycling and environmentally-safe disposal of electrical goods.
"We are mindful of the potential hazard of e-waste and we believe that by providing this facility, we can make it easier for our customers to dispose of their old equipment."