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Making riches out of spoilt hardware

April 2, 2009
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After spending a few months in Vienna, I have come to realise the importance the Austrians attach on how waste products should be stored and discarded. Compared to the careless Ugandans who litter there beautiful land with various tribes of waste materials, the Viennese even have separate rubbish bins for different types of rubbish in their houses and and out on the streets. One important aspect of sorting out rubbish in the so called industrialised world is for recycling purposes. In Germany where 24 million mobile phones are put away every year along with millions of discarded computers, a half ton of gold can be melted out. So if you are phone repairer in Kampala start collecting, you never know a gruffy looking, heavy accented German may approach you.