California firm signs agreement with Ghanaian company to provide electronics recycling throughout Africa.
Electronics recycling and reverse logistics company E-Waste Systems Inc. (EWSI), Los Altos, Calif., has signed what it calls a “teaming agreement” with Ghana-based Community Waste Ltd. It represents the first partnership arrangement for E-Waste in Africa.
“We are thrilled having our first teaming agreement in Ghana, Africa, and expect this to be followed by an eBrand License to extend our trademark in Africa,” says Martin Nielson, founder and CEO of EWSI. “In addition, we are also inviting other local partners and authorities to join our enterprise to provide local jobs while we do the right thing for the environment.”
Nielson also says the agreement will help prevent the landfilling of electronic scrap on the African continent. “As with the venture launched in the Caribbean, our project for Africa is designed to remove electronics from landfill sites across the country for processing in our facilities. We will offer local individual partners, local municipalities shipping containers at collection sites as the means to collect e-waste. This venture will then provide the local governments or other organizations with revenue sharing from the recovered materials. As volumes grow, we will consider putting an ePlant1000 in place and doing the processing locally,” he adds.