Launched in cooperation with Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, National Center for Waste Management (MWAN), and the private sector
Will help to promote sustainability among businesses and individuals
Will focus on recycling mobiles, fixed phones, modems, printers, laptops, and computers
Will be carried out in two phases between September-December 2022
Saudi Arabia's digital regulator, the Communications & Information Technology Commission (CITC), announced the launch of the first phase of 'Recycle Your Device' campaign, to encourage businesses and individuals to recycle their electronic devices.
Undertaken in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the National Center for Waste Management (MWAN), and the private sector, the campaign aims to help the Kingdom achieve its sustainable development goals in both the near- and medium-term.
The initiative has two broad aims. First, to raise awareness among individuals and institutions to recycle electronic devices and be more sustainable, while the second goal is to expand partnerships with the private sector in order to create a broader national recycling movement through December 2022.
The initiative will be implemented in two phases: from September-December, it will encourage the private sector to donate their devices. In its second phase, from October to December 2022, it will encourage individuals to do the same.
CITC is aiming to recover six types of electronic devices: mobiles, fixed phones, modems, printers, laptops, and computers. Depending on the condition of the device, it will either repair it and donate it to a needy family, or dispose of it according to environmentally safe specifications. In each phase, the initiative will also gather key statistics about recycling rates.
The launch of this campaign is as a continuation of the Commission's efforts in the field of sustainability. In Spring 2022, for example, CITC launched its first report on sustainability in the telecommunications and information technology sector, an extensive document that clarifies the strategic directions it is taking to enable sustainability and a circular economy.