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e-Waste Assessment in Trinidad & Tobago

Titlee-Waste Assessment in Trinidad & Tobago
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGarraway E, Ott D
Prepared forUNIDO e-waste initiative for Tanzania
Pages57
InstitutionEgarr & Associates, Trinidad and Tobago and Empa, Switzerland
AbstractEconomic development that has evoked a series of information and communication technology initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has also contributed to the increased generation of a new waste type on the island, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). In order to address this new challenge it is primarily important to gain knowledge about the country’s e-waste landscape, by means of ascertaining the current and future flows of e-waste, estimating the present volumes of e-waste in the country, determining the existing processing practices and identifying local capacities to handle the recycling of different types of material. As a first response, the Government of T&T, the United Nations Industrial Development Organizations (UNIDO), Microsoft and the Commonwealth Secretariat – who have already partnered to develop a commercially and environmentally sustainable refurbishment centre project – have mandated Egarr&Associates and Empa to conduct a rapid assessment regarding the current e-waste management practices in the country. The specific objectives of this rapid assessment state as follows: (1) Provide an overview of the current e-waste landscape, ascertain current and future flows of e-waste, estimate the current volume of e-waste in the country, determine the existing processing practices and identify local capacities to handle the recycling of different types of material. (2) Determine the support required for the development of sustainable e-waste management in Trinidad and Tobago through a demonstration dismantling and/or recycling unit within the UNIDO-Microsoft refurbishment initiative, considering locally existing informal and formal operations. (3) Provide options for a stakeholder network and form e.g. a local e-waste strategy group which will recommend a roadmap for further investigations.
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