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MTN and Ericsson launch e-waste disposal campaign in Ivory Coast

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Ericsson and MTN C te d'Ivoire have launched a campaign to drive the awareness and collection of electronic waste (e waste) in the country. An e waste collection station will open to the public at Sorbonne Plateu in the capital Abidjan and will be in place for four months.

A 20-foot container serves as a collection depot. Here, citizens can bring in old phones, computers and other electronic equipment to be disposed of in a safe and responsible manner. The container will also serve as an education and awareness center that will be manned by volunteers. At the close of the campaign, collected e-waste will be transported to an Ericsson-approved recycling partner in Durban, South Africa.

The e-waste disposal campaign, which is also supported by the Ministry of the Environment of Ivory Coast, is led by Ericsson's ecology management program. The program is one way through which Ericsson seeks to minimize the effects of its operations and that of its customers on the environment. Ericsson does this by ensuring that its equipment which has reached its end-of-life cycle is waste-treated in an environmentally correct manner following all legal and environmental requirements.

Mr. Freddy Tchala, CEO of MTN Côte d'Ivoire: "MTN is extremely excited by this campaign. We see this as a great opportunity to engage with customers and citizens alike to spread the word about responsible recycling of e-waste. And we are also proud to set an example as a responsible corporate citizen leading the way for other companies to join us in this important campaign."

E-waste that is not recycled properly is an under acknowledged environmental hazard around the world. West Africa is reportedly one of the worst hit regions, as large quantities of end of life materials disposed globally are dumped here, often illegally.

When Ericsson takes back our products, more than 98% of the materials is recycled. The ecology management program is expanding. Both through involving more countries and by increasing take-back volumes for our customers. Product take-back and recycling levels have increased significantly, from 9,800 tons in 2013 to 15,900 tons in 2014.

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