Bank Windhoek last week teamed up with Kleentek Waste Management and Scrap Salvage on a reuse and recycle exercise of electronic waste. The initiative facilitated by Recycle Namibia Forum (RFN) financially benefited the Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired.
Aimed at environmental sustainability in the workplace, the initiative came about when Bank Windhoek requested its waste management service provider, Kleentek Waste Management, to collect 1.6 tons of electronic waste and related office equipment from the Bank’s establishments in and around in Windhoek.
The waste was then transported to Scrap Salvage that logged it under the Dagbreek School Collection Centre. The centre disassembled and retrieved the recyclables material from the electronic waste and made payment to Dagbreek School based on the value of the recyclables.
Bank Windhoek said the school was chosen as a beneficiary because of its contribution to recycling awareness and promotion.
The school has won the RFN’s Schools Recycling Competition for three consecutive years. In 2017, it collected a total of 33 tons of recyclable material. It does not only collect paper, plastic, cans and glass but also electronic waste, household batteries and used light bulbs.
“Electronic waste is a global concern since more than 20 million tons of it is produced annually. It is known as cast-off electronic equipment that has no use or has overrun its lifespan. Equipment includes devices such as computers, mobile phones and television sets,” the bank said in a statement.
Recycle Namibia Forum’s Coordinator, Anita Witt has said “When dumped in landfills, these electronic devices release toxins like lead, mercury and cadmium which leak into soil and water”.
Dagbreek School principal Paul du Plessis has commented on the recycling initiative saying that electronic waste shows the vital importance of reducing the disposal of waste material by burying it, especially as a method of filling in and reclaiming excavated pits.
“This exercise highlights the importance of taking responsibility for our own waste. It also reduces the amount of waste that ultimately ends up on our landfill”
“Thank you Bank Windhoek, RNF, Kleentek Waste Management and Scrap Salvage, we welcome these types of gestures. It means that our efforts at being environmentally responsible are being recognized,” said Du Plessis.