Going Green - CARE Innovation 2014

Margaret Bates (Participant), Helena Castren (Participant), Jean Cox-Kearns (Participant), Hervé Guilcher (Participant), Ruben Janse Van Rensburg (Participant), Jonathan Perry (Participant), Eelco Smit (Participant), Ulrike Vött (Participant), Robert Truscott (Participant)

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Description

The paper presents the activities of an alliance of original equipment manufacturers (e-waste solutions alliance for Africa). A sustainable solution to the electronic waste problem in Africa is discussed, including how the proposed solution works with the existing formal and informal sectors. The application of EPR (extended producer responsibility) is described, together with clear allocation of roles and responsibilities. The importance of clear definitions, standards and control mechanisms is presented together with key aspects and review of legislation required to facilitate business investment. In the proposed solution electronic waste management is considered an opportunity to recover valuable materials, create jobs and protect the environment and human health. The plans do not solely focus on the valuable end of life products, they also consider the entire ICT e-waste stream including problematic materials and fractions (currently being burned or landfilled), as well as materials and fractions with no value.
Period20 Nov 2014
Event typeConference