Safaricom has launched an ambitious program to recycle phones. The scheme will be administered in partnership with Computers for Schools Kenya (CSK), which already runs a similar program for old computers.
These include a handbook which is meant to sensitize Safaricom staff and customers on BTSs (Base Transceiver Stations), handsets and how they relate to personal health. Titled The Answer is in your hand: mobile phones, masts and your health, the handbook shall be a quick reference guide on such topics as radio frequency waves, guidelines for exposure, definition of a BTS, children and mobile phones, radio frequency exposure and 3G base stations and use of mobile phones in hospitals and airplanes.
Safaricom also announced plans to undertake a carbon footprint analysis and carbon trading whose end result will be a sustainability report.
To benefit from the recycling initiative, customers will be expected to hand over their old mobile handsets and accessories for recycling by CSK in a scheme which hopes to promote the recycling and re-use of old mobile devices that might otherwise end up in garbage dumps and landfills.
The launch of the recycling scheme and other green initiatives underpin a conscious investment by Safaricom in sustainability. Ongoing initiatives include operating from some of Kenya’s most energy-efficient buildings and installations using modern lighting technologies. Significantly, Safaricom has deployed over 50 base stations on a combination of solar-wind-diesel-battery hybrid system, over 30 sites are on enhanced battery-diesel hybrid system and 2 sites on pure green energy (solar-wind-battery-hybrid). All these reduce the running hours of diesel generators by about 67 per cent which proportionately reduces the carbon emission.
HOW THE RECYCLING WORKS:
- It is free and easy to recycle your old Mobile phone and phone accessories that have reached their end of life.
- Simply remove all personal information from your old phone.
- Drop it off at any Safaricom building or retail store in a special box positioned at the designated area.
- The collectors shall accept all brands and models of Mobile phones, batteries, PDAs (personal digital assistant), and accessories for recycling.