Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management (WEE) Centre for handling of e-waste is now ready to build local and regional capacity of other players in the sector on skills to handle and manage e-waste.
A project of Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) through its founder Dr Tom Musili has engaged in regional consultations across Africa on advocacy and sensitization of pertinent issues related to handling and disposal of electronic waste generated by computers and mobile phones.
Computer Aid International – a UK based Charity – through its Africa regional office will be expanding its ICT4D training partnerships initiative to include e-waste management training in partnership with WEEE Centre in Kenya.
Computer Aid International has a network of partners in over 20 Africa countries using this network will advocate for policies, training and professional disposal of e-waste in Africa.
Computer Aid’s director of Africa programmes Gladys Muhunyo, said the advocacy program is already running in European countries for adoption of e-waste management standards.
“As well as educating the public about the dangers of e-waste, awareness-raising can be used to ensure that businesses know their responsibilities. Computer Aid produced a WEEE Advocacy Guide which explains the scope of the WEEE legislation and how people can best comply with the legislation,” said Ms Muhumyo, adding that Computer Aid has also produced numerous special reports relating to e-waste and other ICT issues.
The first training “A Practical Application to Identification and Processing of E-waste” will commence in March 2012 for eight African Countries.
Together Computer Aid and the WEEE Centre will: conduct practical skills training in management of e-waste; promote reduce, reuse, refurbish and recycle programs in e-waste management across the region and advocate for adoption of policy guidelines in handling of e-waste issues across Africa.
This initiative will run on a self-sustaining model and advance discussions are underway to ensure both governments and e-waste handlers can responsibly adopt these policies.
Computer Aid International is the world’s largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of professionally refurbished PCs having provided over 190,000 computers in 105 different countries since 1998.
Computer Aid currently champions the WEEE legislation, adoption and advocacy across Europe in compliance with the UK laws and now begins to sensitize its African Partnerships on the need to do the same.
WEEE Centre, a project of Computers for Schools Kenya, is the first of its kind in East and Central Africa with capacity to refurbish and recycle electronic waste.