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The Document Warehouse and NamiGreen enters agreement to recycle computers and phones

Press release May 1, 2019

The Document Warehouse and NamiGreen announces partnership to work on the growing amount of used and broken computers, phones and electronics

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The Document Warehouse (https://www.documentwarehouse.com.na/) is an offsite document storage and record management company in founded in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1992. It established its Namibia based operations in 2006 and later followed UK operation in 2011.

In collaboration with NamiGreen E-waste (https://www.namigree.com), The Document Warehouse has installed waste bins for people to drop-off their used and broken electronics in Windhoek (https://www.namigreen.com/the-document-warehouse-windhoek).

An informal survey in Namibia, reveals that most people don't know what to do with their used and broken electronics. As a result thereof, most of it is tossed out with the normal solid waste. However, that is a very bad idea.

Why recycle broken and outdated electronics?

Electronic waste, or e-waste, such as computers, phones and other electronics must not be put in normal solid waste bins. Instead, it should be recycled properly by experienced recyclers. If dropped in standard solid waste bins, the electronics will end up in landfills and often polute ground water and the environments.

The partnership announcement strenghtens NamiGreenĀ“s Ā position as the leading electronics waste recycler in Namibia. The Document Warehouse has partnered up with NamiGreen to strenghten its corporate social responsibility and hopes to encourage other companies to follow suit.

The NamiGreen CEO, Mr. Per Hansen, explains "every citizen and company has a responsibility to ensure a safe and clean environment - both for ourselves but also for future generations. Nobody wants to live in a waste dump with polluted water or toxic fumes. We owe it to ourselves and it also feels great to do something good for the environment."

Fact box:

  • E-waste or electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world according to the United Nations
  • More than 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated globally in 2016 (latest figures) - that number is expected to increase to more than 52 million metric tonnes in 2021 according to the UN
  • 80 % of global e-waste is not recycled (UN)
  • The continent with the highest recycling rate is Europe, recycling 35 % of all its e-waste, Asia comes in 2nd with 22%, Americas 17 % and Oceania with 6%. Africa recycles around 0.5 % (UN)

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E-waste Recycling The Document Warehouse Computer recycling Phone recycling Waste recycling