The project in Senegal includes an assessment of the management of electronic waste in Senegal, recommendations for enhancing the viability of recycling and improve the organisation of the sector and the creation of jobs.
While the study takes a national view on policy affecting e-waste in Senegal, its main focus will be 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. Amongst other things, it will look into the consequence of massive imports of second hand computers for the development of the country, and assess the social, economic and environmental impacts, including health and safety issues for e-waste recyclers. 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. 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.