Airtel Zambia signed up to Ericsson’s e-waste programme to minimise the operator's environmental impact, with the focus on the disposal of decommissioned gear in Zambia.
In a statement, Ericsson said the Product Take-Back programme is part of its sustainability efforts and “geared towards taking accountability for environmental impacts of all products and services during their lifecycle.”
For the programme Ericsson provides free product retrieval and safe disposal services for expired equipment. The vendor opened the service to all global customers, in a bid to prevent equipment being disposed of in trade-restricted areas or landfills.
Apoorva Mehrotra, Airtel CEO and managing director, said responsible e-waste disposal techniques will aid the operator in managing its impact on the environment.
“We are collaborating with Ericsson in e-waste management to not only evacuate the waste but also educate the general public and all key stakeholders about the importance of the proper disposal of e-waste in the country."
Todd Ashton, Ericsson East and South Africa VP said: "Ericsson aims to minimize the negative environmental impact of our own activities and products in operation while delivering solutions to enable the low-carbon economy.
“Our partnership with Airtel in Zambia extends the scope of our Product Take-Back program to include creating awareness about e-waste and helping to ensure that end-of-life material is waste-treated in an environmentally responsible manner."