Recycling electronics.Hewlett-Packard has announced the launch of a project with the Global Digital Solidarity Fund The Digital solidarity fund (DSF) was established following talks which took place during the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2005. The foundation operates under Swiss law with its headquarters in Geneva Switzerland. (DSF DSF Dubai Shopping Festival
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This collaboration aims to reduce potential health and environmental hazards 'Environmental hazard' is a generic term for any situation or state of events which poses a threat to the surrounding environment. This term incorporates topics like pollution and Natural Hazards such as storms and earthquakes. caused by improper disposal of electronic waste and create jobs in disadvantaged communities. To tackle this problem Hewlett-Packard, DSF and Empa are undertaking analysis and providing support for improved recycling processes over the coming year. Valuable substances, such as gold and copper, can be harvested from old electronic goods and this has spawned an efficient informal sector which recycles much of this waste.
The project aims to develop a blueprint for electronic waste management in Africa in conjunction with existing recycling schemes. The initial pilot project will be launched in South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. together with an analysis of existing practices in Morocco, Kenya and Tunisia.