FAQ about E-waste

What is e-waste? E-waste is obsolete or broken electrical or electronic equipment (called EEE). Basically, everything driven by electricity – with a cord or a battery. For example Earphones, cables, batteries, phones, fridges, iron boxes, printers, light bulbs/tubes, computers, keyboards, tablets, watches, wash machines, kettles, solar equipment, etc. Why is it important to handle e-waste safely?
      • Electronics contain many different materials, which some are very hazardous to soil, water, air, wildlife, and human health.
      • Some of the hazardous materials: are arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), brominated flame retardants (BFRs) mixed into plastics and other components.
      • When toxic substances are handled in a wrong manner without proper protection gear it will affect human health and also contaminate soil and water. When cables and other components are burned it also pollutes the air and the surrounding community.
      • All the materials used in e-waste can, and should, be recycled for sustainable resource recovery in society. This is much better, and more energy efficient, than using too much virgin material for production.
How much e-waste is there in Kenya and in the world? In Kenya, more than 50,000 tons are generated per year*. Worldwide about 53,5 Million tons per year*. *According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020. Where can I drop off my e-waste?   What happens with the e-waste collected?
      • It will be taken to WEEE Centre for safe handling
      • Collection with licensed vehicles.
      • Inventory (model/make/amount/weight)
      • Testing for components that can be reused/refurbished.
      • Dismantling for separation of different materials.
      • Recycling of (mainly) plastics and metals locally.
      • Storage and export abroad of certain components which lack proper recycling technology in Kenya/Africa.
What are the incentives for me to dispose of my e-waste?
      • Declutter your house of broken/obsolete/unneeded electronics.
      • For corporates/organizations, a Certificate will be issued, showing the avoided CO2 emissions and a detailed list of items disposed of.
      • You can be proud to have contributed to the Circular Economy system with better resource management of materials!
      • You will feel good having contributed to a safe, healthy, and clean environment!