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Egyptian Innovates E-waste Recycling Technology

6 February, 2017
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The excessive amount of lead in e-waste alone causes serious damage to our blood, kidneys, and central and peripheral nervous systems, a fact that drove Egyptian entrepreneur Essam Hesham to launch an initiative that would produce e-waste recycling machines.

With hopes of providing mineral wealth, and supporting the government in exporting local products, Eco Integrated Industrial Solutions is slated to open February in Cairo and Alexandria.

Hesham began his journey three years ago, traveling around 40 different countries, visiting factories, and studying different types of technology that he hoped to implement in Egypt.

In early 2016, the entrepreneur began establishing his company as an Egyptian company specialized in producing these innovative machines.

To create interaction with electronic users, whether people or companies, Hesham developed the cartoon character Dr. WEEE, which stands for the universal term Waste of Electrical & Electronic Equipment, to be a symbol of e-waste collection in Egypt.

Dr. WEEE is to begin his mission through a web application that allows users to ask for home or company pickups of their waste. Every time a user orders a pickup, they receive discount points, which they can use at certain electronic stores, to be announced soon.

The pickups will be conducted by special cars, which creates job opportunities, along with the job opportunities that will come along when the factory opens.

“The initiative also serves the government’s environmental and economic goals,” Hashem believes.

At the same time, an agreement between Hashem and an Emirati company that collects e-waste in different cities is underway, within which the businessman is expected to open a recycling factory in the United Arab Emirates next year.  

Almost 99% of the components that make up an electronic device can be recycled; however, only 15-20% of all e-waste is recycled and repurposed.

Some 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated worldwide every year, and the amount of global e-waste is expected to grow by 8% each year. This year, the volume of discarded e-products worldwide is expected to weigh the equivalent of eight times the Great Pyramid. 

Tags E-waste Recycling electronics