Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Safaricom and (CFSK) Launches a Mobile Recycling Scheme

Competition by the mobile phone service providers continue to bring forth more innovations in the sector. Safaricom in partnership with computers for schools Kenya (CFSK), has launched the countries first mobile phone recycling scheme. Safaricom has been regarded as a leading integrated communications firm in Kenya. The Safaricom and Computers for Schools Kenya mobile phone recycling scheme, which was launched by the two firms, will be administered in partnership with both Safaricom and Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) that already runs a similar program for old computers. 
The CEO of Safaricom Bob Collymore said that he was delighted by the launch. He continued to say that through the partnership with Computers for Schools Kenya, they will be able to give Kenyans a chance to derive greater utility from their old and damaged phones and accessories. And most importantly, the Safaricom CEO indicated that they were institutionalizing a more sustainable way of handling e-waste, of which is a growing challenge in the telecommunication market.

The Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said that sustainability or greenness was not just a slogan or a color Safaricom wears on their logo but a way of life. Safaricom being Kenyan company, the CEO said that they were convinced that the viability phone service provider business hinges solely on the sustainability of the environment in which they operate. On the other hand, the Safaricom and Computers for Schools Kenya mobile phone recycling scheme will be seen as a major complement for the growing information technology in Africa.

In addition, Safaricom will provide its staff with a handbook which is meant to sensitize the Safaricom staff and customers on Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs), handsets and how they relate to personal health. The handbook will be 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 through it CEO Bob Collymore announced plans to undertake a carbon footprint analysis and carbon trading whose end result will be a sustainability report. This will be the first time Safaricom is undertaking carbon foot print analysis of its activities and the results shall be shared. This valuable exercise shall inform the firm’s green policies on offsetting its carbon foot print and also pave wave for emission trading in the near future.

In order to benefit from the Safaricom and Computers for Schools Kenya mobile phone recycling scheme, customers will be expected to hand over their old mobile handsets and accessories for recycling by CFSK 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. For those who wish to recycle their old mobile phone and phone accessories that have reached their end of life through the Safaricom and Computers for Schools Kenya mobile phone recycling scheme, will need to remove all personal information from their old phone and drop them 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, personal digital assistant (PDAs), and accessories for recycling.

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A good start at schools regarding phone recycling activities and the activity has sent out signals to all in order to initiate into mobile phone trade in for good cash.

The Safaricom and Computers for Schools Kenya mobile phone recycling scheme is really excellent and will surely promote the significance of recycling or selling mobile phones ...

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