One easy way to recycle for Earth Day in Nairobi

April 16, 2016 / Kenya
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Just a few years ago, the idea of requesting a ride at the tap of a button seemed impossible, yet today Uber is available in more than 400 cities around the world. From entertainment to healthcare to mobility, rapid innovation in technology is improving our daily lives.

Keeping up with the latest developments means we often gain a growing collection of retired phones, outdated laptops and old gadgets that we don’t know what to do with. In 2014 alone, 41.8 million tonnes* of e-waste containing toxins harmful to our health and environment were thrown away.


This Earth Day, April 22, we’re teaming up with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Centre in Nairobi to help you safely get rid of and recycle those cell phones, video game systems, and computers you no longer use so that we can help keep them out of landfills.

How it works

1. Open (or download) the Uber app in Nairobi

2. Select and request an ‘UberRECYCLE’ from 9am to 12pm (noon) on Friday, April 22, 2016

3. If an ‘UberRECYCLE’ is available, a driver-partner and a WEEE Centre volunteer will head your way to pick up acceptable electronic waste for free

Important details

  • Recycling your technology is totally FREE
  • To take advantage of this initiative, be sure to select ‘UberRECYCLE’ which should appear as a separate option on your app when it is available. Be careful not to accidentally select the regular ‘uberX’ option
  • Only individuals recycling a small quantity of electronic waste that can easily fit in a regular saloon car should request for an ‘UberRECYCLE’
  • Organisations wishing to take advantage of this opportunity to recycle a large quantity of e-waste should contact the WEEE Centre before 12pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 to organise for a free collection. Collections requested by firms after that time may not be free. The WEEE Centre contact details appear below:


Phone: +254 701 819 559

  • Some items may require extra preparation before you have them picked up. The WEEE Centre is not responsible for data left on any donated equipment. Remember to remove personal data from hard drives or other storage media before having them picked up

Please note that because of high demand during this initiative, car availability could be limited and ETAs may be longer than regular rider pickups.

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Have a great Earth Day!

– Team Uber Kenya

*According to United Nations University report The Global E-waste Monitor 2014: Quantities, Flows and Resources