A start-up company with tonnes of soul, Recyclobekia is changing the way Egypt disposes of electronics and data.
Did you know that for every one million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered? This interesting bit of information comes courtesy of Recyclobekia. But, what is Recyclobekia, you ask?Well, it’s a new Egyptian entrepreneurial company that has concerned itself with recycling the all of Egypt's e-waste. They specialise in recycling electronic waste for free and provide safe data destruction.
The company was founded by a group of Tanta University students that participated in an initiative set-up by Injaz Egypt in 2011, which encouraged young students to start their own company. After a brainstorming session, Recyclobekia was born. Recycle + robabekia = Recyclobekia. Get it?
The idea was good enough to win top honours in the competition and, after finding funding, they became a company 100% focused on getting Egyptians to think seriously about recycling.
Hopefully, the word spreads about this company because Egypt can't handle any more garbage. Besides, discarded electronic waste can lead to soil and water contamination due to the variety of dangerous toxic and hazardous metals they contain, making the problem bigger than one would first imagine.
Unfortunately, Egypt is yet to build a proper electronic recycling factory, so everything that the company collects is dismantled, sorted, then shipped to plants in Germany to be recycled. Every organisation that uses their services to recycle waste this way is awarded a certificate by Recyclobekia stating that they are a green partner.
Moving in the right direction, Recyclobekia has started getting major companies such as Mobinil, Orange, Intel, Oracle and Exxonmobil to consider recycling as a viable option for a greener future. If this trend continues, then it is simply a matter of time before Recyclobekia will be able to create their own E-waste factory in Egypt, creating more jobs in the process.
For more information and job opportunities check out their Facebook page here or visit www.recyclobekia.com
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