ICC seals recycling deal with EXITCOM

KSA firm to handle e-waste products recycling

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ICC seals recycling deal with EXITCOM Akram Elyas, VP, ICC, (l) & Mourad Alger, CEO, EXITCOM, shake hands during the signing ceremony.
By  Manda Banda Published  February 20, 2012

The International Computer Company (ICC), a Saudi-based firm specialising in the distribution of IT solutions and communication products, has announced a partnership and cooperation agreement with global EXITCOM company, a specialist in the manufacturing of recycled electronic and electrical products.

In terms of the accord, the two companies will establish EXITCOM KSA in Saudi Arabia, which the two companies claim will be the first Arab company working in the field of recycling electronic and electrical products.

The agreement was signed during the International Conference for the Recycling of Electrical and Electronic products (IERC) held in Austria recently which the ICC was the only Arab participant.

ICC chairman Basheer Aljabri said: "The company has entered the field due to its awareness about the importance of this vital sector and the extent of its negative effects on the environment and people in the long run."

Akram Elyas, vice president, ICC, pointed out that Saudi Arabia is lagging far behind its counterparts in the developing world in the field of recycling of products and waste.

The KSA suffers from a high volume of e-waste like the rest of the Gulf countries because of the overwhelming response to and use of electronic technologies, especially mobile phones and computers. Statistics estimated that the KSA produces approximately 3 million tons per year of e-waste.

Elyas said the volume of e-waste generated by mobile phones, PCs and other electronic devices, could rise by 500% over the next decade in some countries, which highlights the urgent need to create awareness about environmental practices in the Middle East region. He added that the e-waste is one of the largest sources of increased waste globally.

Mourad Alger, chief executive officer at EXITCOM, said EXITCOM KSA would play a major role in this partnership because of ICC's wide distribution network covering all parts of the KSA.

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