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Senegal: e-waste country assessment (2008)

TitleSenegal: e-waste country assessment (2008)
Publication TypeProceedings Article
Year of Conference2008
AuthorsWone S, Rochat D, Gassama CID, KANE C
Conference NameWaste Management Conference (WasteCon2008)
Conference Start Date06.10.2008
Conference LocationDurban, South Africa
KeywordsComputers, e-waste, Material recovery, recycling, Senegal

This paper presents the findings of an assessment study on electronic waste (e-waste) management in Senegal, which was conducted between January and June 2008. While the study takes a national view on policy affecting e-waste in Senegal, its main focus is on the capital Dakar. It focuses on desktop PCs, notebooks and printers, mobile phones and television sets. Through data analysis, a literature review, field visits and interviews, as well as a series of stakeholder workshops, the study aims to define the most relevant stakeholders, to map e-waste flows and stocks in the capital, and to identify formal and informal actors in the e-waste recovery and recycling chain. The study shows that the largest share of the computer stock in the country is in households, followed by companies and government offices, but that the stock of televisions is by far more important in weight.

Early assessments suggest that while the Senegalese authorities are aware of the e-waste challenge, mechanisms to deal effectively with e-waste, including policy mechanisms, are not yet in place. Moreover, while e-waste recycling is largely left up to the informal sector in many developing nations, it seems that many electronic parts are simply dumped and that only some basic fractions are recovered, such as aluminium and lead, rarely plastics. Finally, the study seeks to develop a roadmap for Senegal to deal with the e-waste challenge lying ahead and to propose the big lines for a pilot dismantling plant to be implemented in the capital.

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