Al Shirawi FM has joined hands with Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) to recycle used and unusable cell phones including all accessories to help deal with the problem of unwanted digital waste.
Volunteers from EEG held an impressive presentation where attendees were educated on the uses of electronic recycling. Facts and figures were also shared that annually only less than 3% of the mobile devices are recycled. The circuit boards of these phones contain electrical transformers, plastic and metal components and harmful chemicals such as arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, copper and other metals.
These harmful metals may also cause contamination of soil, groundwater and penetrate the food chain. Some of the precious metals such as gold and silver are used in the circuit boards of phones and computers, are recoverable only through e-waste recycling. Recycling reduces extraction and depletion of raw materials contributing to the preservation of environment.
For this purpose, EEG has placed specialized drop bins in Ras Al Khor and Al Quoz campuses, where used and unusable phones along with chargers and other mobile phone accessories can be disposed of in a safe and eco-friendly manner.
Speaking for the event, Mr. Lakshminarayanan, Division Manager for Al Shirawi FM said “Al Shirawi Group as an organization aims to be at the forefront of corporate environmental leadership and has been taking immense steps to lead and do more in the coming years. In launching this campaign with EEG, we aim to make a distinct contribution to the health and wellbeing of our future generations, ensuring e-waste is safely removed from our community.”