Managing E-waste – A Reuse Strategy for UK Computers to Facilitate Developments in Third Sector Organization Composting in Cameroon

Margaret P Bates, Lawrence O Mbeng, Paul S Phillips

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Abstract

While there has been much debate in the past as to the banning of e-waste being exported to Africa, the new paradigm today is with the reuse of this e-waste to enhance Africa’s economic and social development. This paper highlights some of the setbacks underpinning the importation of e-waste into Africa from existing legislation, which has incessantly widened the gap between the haves and have-nots of information technology. Based on these, the paper presents a snapshot of a 5 year pilot project for the reuse of second computers from the UK to Cameroon with the aim of driving sustainable practices in the composting of household organic waste and hence create new markets in Limbe and Douala -Cameroon through education and capacity building
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Solid Waste Technology and Management
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008

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