Frequently Asked Questions

  • What specific items fall in this category? Open or Close

    Large Household appliances, such as:

    1. Large cooling appliances, Refrigerators, Freezers, Other large appliances used for refrigeration, conservation and storage of food, Washing machines, Clothes dryers,  Dish washing machines,  Cooking,  Electric stoves,  Electric hot plates,  Microwaves,  Other large appliances used for cooking and other processing of food,  Electric heating appliances, Electric radiators, Other large appliances for heating rooms, beds, seating furniture,  Electric fans, Air conditioner appliances, Other fanning, exhaust ventilation and conditioning equipment.
    2. Small household appliances, such as-

      Vacuum cleaners, Carpet sweepers, Other appliances for cleaning, Appliances used for sewing, knitting, weaving and other processing for textiles, Irons and other appliances for ironing, mangling and other care of clothing, Toasters, Fryers, Grinders, coffee machines and equipment for opening or sealing containers or packages, Electric knives, Appliances for hair-cutting, hair drying, tooth brushing, shaving, massage and other body care appliances, Clocks, watches and equipment for the purpose of measuring, indicating or registering time, Scales.

    3. IT and telecommunications equipment, such as-
      Centralised data processing, Mainframes, Minicomputers, Printer units, Personal computers (CPU, mouse, screen and keyboard included)
      Laptop computers (CPU, mouse, screen and keyboard included), Notebook computers, Notepad computers, Printers, Copying equipment
      Electrical and electronic typewriters, Pocket and desk calculators, other products and equipment for the collection, storage, processing, presentation or communication of information by electronic means, User terminals and systems, Facsimile, Telex, Telephones, Pay telephones
      Cordless telephones, Cellular telephones, Answering systems, Other products or equipment of transmitting sound, images or other info.
    4. Consumer equipment, such as - Radio sets, Television sets, Video recorders, Video recorders, Hi-fi recorders, Audio amplifiers, Musical instruments, other products or equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images, including signals or other technologies for the distribution of sound and image than by telecommunications
    5. Lighting equipment, such as-

      Luminaires for fluorescent lamps with the exception of luminaires in households, Straight fluorescent lamps, Compact fluorescent lamps, High intensity discharge lamps, including pressure sodium lamps and metal halide lamps, Low pressure sodium lamps, Other lighting or equipment for the purpose of spreading or controlling light with the exception of filament bulbs.

    6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools), such as - Drills, Saws, Sewing machines, Equipment for turning, milling, sanding, grinding, sawing, cutting, shearing, drilling, making holes, punching, folding, bending or similar processing of wood, metal and other materials, Tools for riveting, nailing or screwing or removing rivets, nails, screws or similar uses, Tools for welding, soldering or similar use, Equipment for spraying, spreading, dispersing or other treatment of liquid or gaseous substances by other means, Tools for mowing or other gardening activities.
    7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment, such as -  Electric trains or car racing sets, Hand-held video game consoles, Video games, Computers for biking, diving, running and rowing, Sports equipment with electric or electronic components, Coin slot machines.
    8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products), such as:
      Radiotherapy equipment, Cardiology, Dialysis, Pulmonary ventilators, Nuclear medicine, Laboratory equipment for in-vitro diagnosis, Analysers.
      Freezers, Fertilization tests, other appliances for detecting, preventing, monitoring, treating, alleviating illness, injury or disability.
    9. Monitoring and control instruments, such as - Smoke detectors, Heating regulators, Thermostats, Measuring, weighing or adjusting appliances for household or laboratory equipment, Other monitoring and control instruments used in industrial installations (for example, in control panels).
    10. Automatic dispensers, such as - Automatic dispensers for hot drinks, Automatic dispensers for hot or cold bottles or cans, Automatic dispensers for solid products, Automatic dispensers for money, All appliances which deliver automatically all kind of products.
  • What does the term WEEE mean? Open or Close

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) or Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap describes discarded electrical or electronic devices.

  • Why do you recycle? Open or Close

    Dumpsites are filling up. These products tend to have shorter useful life spans than other kinds of equipment, so they are discarded sooner. They also may contain substances which could pollute water supplies (phosphorous in CRTs, lead solder in circuit boards, certain plastics with flame retardants, and other kinds of chemicals). Besides pollutants, many of these products contain useful materials that conserve energy by recycling instead of obtaining them from their raw sources. For example, a ton of electronic circuit boards contain about 1 oz of pure gold! Many plastics can be remolded into new products, or used as fuel.

  • What are beneficial components/materials in e-waste? Open or Close

    Some of the materials we get from ewaste include metal, copper, aluminium, plastic, gold, palladium, silver, lead, nickel and tin.

  • To whom does the locally recyclable material go to? Open or Close

    Locally recyclable materials, ie metals, aluminium, copper and hard and soft plastics go to local smelters who make by - products locally.

  • What competencies does the WEEE Centre have in handling e-waste? Open or Close

    The WEEE Centre has good treatment capacity for many types of WEEE.  We have the largest and the only facility in East and Central Africa that handle all types of ewaste. We have growing capacity for the treatment of TVs and monitors with cathode ray tubes (CRTs).  Ewaste has four problematic fractions which we comfortable handle, the CRT monitors, cables, circuit boards and the hard plastics.

  • Are you licensed by the authorities to recycle e-waste? Open or Close

    Yes we are licensed by the relevant Government Departments, ie. NEMA, CCN and Department of Occupational Health and Safety in the Ministry of Labour.

  • What happens to the parts of e-waste that cannot be handled locally? Open or Close

    For any fraction that cannot be locally handled, we have partnerships with international recyclers in Europe who have the capability and capacity to handle the difficult elements and are in compliance with the International and the countries regulations and laws governing ewaste disposal.

  • Can members of the public bring their entire e-waste to the centre? Open or Close

     Any generator of ewaste can bring in their ewaste to us.

  • Do you provide any incentives for e-waste brought? Open or Close

    Currently we are not providing any incentives however we are developing an incentive strategy.

  • If I wish to become a collection agent or to start my own recycling business can you help me? Open or Close

    We work with partners and would welcome anyone who would like to join and partner with us.

  • Where are you situated and how can I reach your centre? Open or Close

     

    Our offices are situated in Mihang'o, Embakasi, off the Eastern Bypass near the AP/GSU Training College, Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Can I visit your facility and if so, when? Open or Close

     

    Yes, one can visit our facility, however you need to give prior informed consent.

  • Who are the partners of the WEEE Centre? Open or Close

     

    We have both local and international partners. This includebut not limited to;

         

                                                                           

  • Do you give opportunities at the WEEE centre for internships or industrial attachment? Open or Close

     

    At WEEE Centre, mentorship is one of the key ingredients we have put in place to built and impart skills to many who are seeking opportunities in this field. 

  • I need to dispose of old electrical or electronic equipment. What can I do with it? Open or Close

     

    1. If the electrical or electronic equipments are still working you should consider donating them through the WEEE Centre to resource deprived community information access centres or learning institutions.
    2. Equipment that can be repaired or refurbished can be given to us that specialize in refurbishing and reusing. We give to learning institutions through Computers For Schools Kenya who do charity.
    3. When buying a replacement product it is worth asking the supplier whether they will take away the old equipment when delivering the new equipment. You could also ask the equipment manufacturer if they have any special arrangements for recovering WEEE.  Some manufacturers have recovery and recycling information on their websites.

    For businesses:

    d.   If disposal is the only option, you must ensure that you comply with existing waste management regulation and ewaste guidelines. E-Waste should only be transferred to a registered waste carrier, recycler or other authorised person.  Some types of WEEE are now classified as hazardous waste and should normally be kept separate from non-hazardous waste.