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E-waste Recycling July 31, 2020 04:30:52 PM

ITAD Major Enters New Deal to Recycle Phones from African Countries

Paul Ploumis
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The partnership will essentially offset the impact of Ingram Micro employee laptops that are resold in secondary markets around the world.

ITAD Major Enters New Deal to Recycle Phones from African Countries

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Leading ITAD services provider and e-waste recycler Ingram Micro announced that it has joined a new partnership, aimed at reducing e-waste stream in developing countries. The partnership with ‘Closing the Loop’ will fund the collection and recycling of phones from African countries. The deal, signed in March, is for a period of one year.

The partnership will essentially offset the impact of Ingram Micro employee laptops that are resold in secondary markets around the world. The company does not have any control over the disposal of notebooks resold by them. Through the new initiative, the company wishes to ensure that equivalent amount of electronic waste is removed from the global e-waste stream, in case the resold notebooks are not recycled responsibly.

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As per estimates based on the number of laptops and mobile devices used by the company employees, this translates to collection of nearly 12,000 phones for recycling. In accordance with the agreement, ‘Closing the Loop’ will purchase scrap phones from collectors in African countries and then export the material to Ingram’s facilities, where they will be responsibly recycled.

Todd Zegers, global vice president, Ingram Micro stated that the newly announced partnership is only a first step of what it expects to become a deeper collaboration.

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