Swiss e-waste programme
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Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF)
(e-Waste Management in Africa)
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2003 - 2009
Facilitating the development of a national e-waste management strategy
Launching an e-waste recycling unit in Cape Town
South Africa has some better developed recycling facilities where the majority of the collected e-waste is recycled. However due to the absence of an efficient take back scheme for consumers together with the current lack of appropriate financing mechanisms for collectors and recyclers only a fraction of the e-waste (estimated 10%) currently finds its way to recyclers. The SECO programme is facilitating the development of a national e-waste management strategy jointly with the IT Association of South Africa and the e-Waste Association of South Africa. In local initiatives it supports «Green e-Waste Channels » for Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, guaranteeing safe and controlled disposal of e-waste. Financial sustainability will be achieved through adequate financing schemes. Important is to obtain a maximum value added, to allow for the creation of jobs.
The HP project has been funding the development of a pilot project in Cape Town, South Africa since February 2008, supporting the start-up of a low tech/highly labour intensive material dismantling and recovery facility (MRF) for the pre-processing of e-waste. The aim is to test the feasibility of an integrated value adding local e-Waste management system, designed to maximize the potential of refurbishment, repair, re-use, dismantling and recycling of equipment, with environmentally responsible disposal as a last resort only. The project also seeks to incorporate the current informal e-waste processing activities, by transforming them into sustainable and environmentally sound operations. The MRF acts as a nucleus, raising awareness, and providing training and education to previously disadvantaged individuals as a means of creating opportunities for entrepreneurship in the technical maintenance, dismantling and waste-to-art project sectors.
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