23 May 2016
Cairo, Egypt
Resource efficiency and sustainable waste management

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are a real danger to the environment if they are not collected and recycled. Given this situation, the young entrepreneur Mostafa Hemdan created Recyclobekia, the first company in Egypt that recycles electronic waste.

Mostafa Hemdan was just twenty years old when he created Recyclobekia, a company specialising in the recycling of electronic waste. At the time, in 2011, he was a young engineering student at the University of Tanta. He got the idea of starting his own recycling business through watching a documentary on electronic waste. The project took shape with the help of a group of students from the university who shared his vision. After winning first prize in a competition organized by the Egyptian Association “Injaz Egypt”, Recyclobekia was officially born in 2012.

Based in Cairo, the company recovers all kind of electronic waste, commonly known as WEEE, to recycle their components. This waste, such as computers, telephones, etc., contains components hazardous for the environment, particularly chemicals and heavy metals. Yet the quantity is increasing worldwide due to consumer habits and new technologies that change more and more quickly.

Recyclobekia collects waste from a network of large companies and municipalities, using a set up of small containers. They are then sorted, components are reused or recycled depending on their condition. Some are refurbished for resale in the local market, others are dismantled manually according to regulations. The stage of the dismantling is very important because it not only helps clean up the equipment, but also recovers valuable resources, such as gold, silver, copper and palladium present in WEEE.

We are helping Egypt to clean the country from e-waste which is hazardous to both the environment and to human beings. Mostafa Hemdan, founder of Recyclobekia
Pioneer of electronic waste recycling in Egypt | The Switchers

Pioneer in the field of WEEE recycling in Egypt, Mostafa Hemdan now has twenty employees and wishes to extend his business to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, where the recycling of electronic waste is still underdeveloped. Meanwhile, the company conducts awareness campaigns on the importance of WEEE recycling.

RecycloBekia WEEE recycling
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