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Following its success in 2018, the second International E-Waste Day was held on the 14 October 2019 to promote the proper disposal of electrical and electronic equipment throughout the world. The WEEE Centre Kenya was privileged to Host the event at its Headquarters among other organizing partners that include but not limited to CFSK, Safaricom, The ministry of environment among others.
Just 20% of global e-waste is recycled each year, meaning that 40 million tonnes is either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a substandard way, despite 66% of the world’s population being covered by e-waste legislation. This results in the huge loss of valuable and critical raw materials from the supply chain and causes serious health, environmental and societal issues through illegal shipments of waste to developing countries. International E-Waste Day was been developed by the WEEE Forum, the international association of e-waste collection schemes, and its members. It is used to encourage users to consider repairing their appliances or correctly dispose of them with the resulting increase in re-use, recovery and recycling rates.