The high penetration of ICT as a key driver for development in our society has increased the production of e-Waste. There is huge competition to have innovative technological tools in improving access to information and other services in order to eliminate poverty, insecurity, and diseases and on the other hand enhancing better education and good Governance.
Unfortunately, ICT tools have posed a serious environmental threat when they reach their end of life. E-waste contains hazardous chemicals and materials (including lead, mercury, and cadmium) which pose a real threat to human health and the environment. As a consequence, e-waste is severely damaging the entire society by increasing air and water pollution which can cause dangerous diseases leading to even death.
In developing countries unlike the Western world, there is a lack of necessary infrastructure and policy/regulatory framework to oversee sustainable management of e-waste. Developing countries need proper and implementable legislation, expertise and infrastructure that will support the curbing of the e-waste generated as they thrive to strengthen their economies.
ICSED is building a coherent environment for policy makers, manufacturers, researchers and recyclers to have a common vision to eliminate the e-waste menace in Africa and Pacific countries, at the same time increasing the discussion of e-waste in various platforms.
ICSED and our partners help local communities to understand the sustainable ways of handling and environmentally friendly e-waste collection and recycling. We help build capacity in institutions to help them realize the environmental threat that e-waste represents at the time, and if handled correctly, can stimulate the local economy while creating jobs.
We are creating awareness and giving capacity to different institutions on how to handle the e-waste in order to reduce exposing the environment to unsoundness. The recycling chain for e-waste is classified into three main subsequent steps:
- Sorting/dismantling and pre-processing (including sorting, dismantling and mechanical treatment), and
- End processing.
All three steps should operate and interact in a holistic manner to achieve the overall recycling objectives. The main objectives of e-waste recycling and basic considerations for innovation are:
- Treat the hazardous fractions in an environmentally sound manner,
- Recover valuable material maximally,
- Create eco-efficient and sustainable business,
- Consider social impact and local context.
The general criteria of specific requirements for separation and dismantling of e-waste are given and sustainability attributes used as innovation criteria and to compare current and innovative technologies are divided into economic, environmental and social aspects.
We work towards giving stakeholder capacity and knowledge that is necessary to manage waste and electronic waste sustainable. We provide lasting frameworks to Institutions and Governments on how to develop sustainable guidelines that will enhance sustainable management of Waste at their environs.
We have developed Public Private Partnership strategy that goes towards supporting the management, capacity building and awareness creation on disastrous electronic waste menace in Africa. As a result of this strategy we have engaged the legislative arms of Governments to develop sustainable regulations that will support waste and e-waste protocols to curb the environmental pollution.
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