E-waste disposal campaign kicks off in 6 October City
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CAIRO: A national campaign was launched Sunday to establish a safe, clean electronic waste (e-waste) disposal system in Egypt with the Ministries of Environment and Communication according to a statement by the Ministry of Communication (MCIT).

The first phase of the campaign will take place from Sept. 14-18 in the Smart Village in 6 October City.

The MCIT, which is supervising the campaign, called on everybody to participate in the campaign to “get rid of useless e-waste which could be the cause of serious illnesses,” according to the statement.

During the inauguration of the national campaign at Smart Village Sunday, Ahmed Abu el-Seoud, the head of the Environmental Affairs Agency, told Youm7 the project was important because “the incorrect and random disposal of such waste will lead to environmental pollution.”

Abu el-Seoud added that there is only one factory currently properly disposing of this waste, and it is located in 6 October city. He also said he hopes there will be more factories in 10 years.

The Ministry of Environment proposed a tender during the inauguration of the campaign to inventory the e-waste in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria and Qalubiya as a prelude to establishing a comprehensive plan to deal with this kind of waste.

The campaign plans to run until December 2016 and will hold 28 events across Egypt at universities, schools and sports clubs to raise awareness about the safe e-waste disposal initiative and prompt citizens to take part in the campaign.

Another public campaign was launched last week by Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damaty with the aim of cleaning up Historic Cairo. In response to the campaign, many volunteers from civil society organizations and youth groups took to the streets to clean and beautify the main streets and alleys of the area.

Additional Reporting by Manal el-Eissawi and Rany Mostafa

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