The Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has said that it has begun talks with mobile phone manufacturers, Ericsson, to receive electronic wastes from the state.
Ola Oresanya, LAWMA’s Managing Director, told PREMIUM TIMES, on Thursday, that the phone giants are “really ready” to partner with the state.
“We want to be able to buy back scrap phones and ship them back to recycling plants in Europe,” said Mr. Oresanya. “Ericsson is taking the lead. They will be able to support us financially.”
The LAWMA boss, however, did not disclose when the programme would commence since discussions are “still at the talking stage.”
Ericsson, a Swedish multinational company, was the world’s largest provider of wireless network equipment in 2012.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest mobile phone market with about 117 million subscribers, according to the Nigerian Communications Communication; a huge chunk of that market lies in Lagos, with its estimated 20 million people.
Mr. Oresanya said that the buy back programme with Ericsson was part of their producer responsibility under the Basel Convention. He also noted that Lagos State was also a member of the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA),
“What we will be doing here is preliminary dismembering. The plastic components of the e-wastes would be sorted out and used here in our recycling plants while the electronic parts would be shipped back to Europe,” he said.
On the quantity of electronic waste generated in Lagos, Mr. Oresanya said that it would be “unscientific” for him to give a figure.
“We have not really done an inventory on the quantity of e-wastes generated in Lagos,” he said.