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21 September 2010

GeSCI participates at UN e-waste event

Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme and ICWE organised a one day stakeholders’ workshop on Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste (e-waste) in Nairobi on September 7. As one of the main contributors in developing e-waste management guidelines for Kenya, GeSCI was invited to the conference as a key note speaker. The theme of the workshop was “Responsible disposal and management of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment for a cleaner environment and posterity”, and the overall objective to promote multi-stakeholder partnerships between manufacturers, consumers and public & private sector institutions to encourage responsible management of e-waste for a cleaner and healthier environment in Kenya. The programme introduced topics such as Benefits and challenges in e-waste management, Private sector e-waste perspective, and Challenges of e-waste for the recycling industry in Kenya, and GeSCI’s Esther Mwiyeria Wachira spoke on the topic Total cost for ownership toolkit for ICT in education. continue reading >

14 September 2010

E-waste Guidelines for Kenya

GeSCI has been collaborating with the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources and task force members drawn from government agencies, NGOs and other private entities to develop a set of e-waste guidelines to be used as a reference for the responsible identification, collection, sorting, recycling and disposing of electrical and electronic waste. Technical solutions for e-waste processing are available, but in most cases a legal framework, a collection system, logistics, and other services need to be implemented before a technical solution can be applied. An estimated 50 million tonnes of e-waste is produced each year . The USA discards 30 million computers each year and 100 million phones are disposed of in Europe each year. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 15-20% of e-waste is recycled in US, the rest of these electronics go directly into landfills and incinerators. continue reading >