WEEE Centre Launches E-Waste Recycling Programme in Nyeri County


Africa’s leading processor of electric and electronic waste, The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEE Centre) in partnership with Nyeri County Government announces the launch of Nyeri County WEEE Centre E-waste Collection Centre and E-waste Drive. The event will be held on Thursday, 23rd February 2023 from 10:00 am to 12.00 noon at the Department of Lands and Physical Planning compound known as “YARD” behind the upper Matatu terminus. 

Electronic waste is now Kenya's fastest-growing waste component with over 53,000 metric tonnes of electronic waste generated annually. This can be extremely hazardous as e-waste is composed of a complex mix of plastics and chemicals, including heavy metals and radioactive elements, which, when not properly handled, can be harmful to human health and the environment. As a leader in effective e-waste management and promoter of a circular economy, WEEE Centre strives to ensure Kenyans are not exposed to the adverse effects of improper disposal of e-waste by partnering with various stakeholders to set up safe collection points for e-waste across the country. Through the launch of the Nyeri County WEEE Centre E-waste Collection Centre and E-waste Drive, Nyeri residents will be made aware of effective e-waste management and also be able to deposit damaged and dysfunctional electronic equipment in any collection points strategically set up in Nyeri County. The disused electronic equipment can be in form of old phones, fridges, chargers, batteries, laptop and desktop computers, printers, televisions, flashlights, some toys, CD players, VCRs and any other household items that use electricity. WEEE Centre will then collect the e-waste from various collection points in Nyeri County, take them to their Nairobi workshop where they will be dismantled, sorted, and some parts recycled while those that cannot be recycled will be shipped abroad for effective and safe disposal. This approach ensures that every part of a gadget is accounted for to avert its impact on the environment. WEEE Centre is at the forefront of tackling climate change holistically and acts not only on the energy transition and efficiency side but looks at the whole spectrum from a circular economy perspective. To attain net zero by 2050 requires a revision of how we design, make, and use products and materials, and we will have maximum impact by working with the government and its various organs. Our partnership with the County Government of Nyeri is a testament to its leadership's commitment to addressing the effects of climate change in our country. We look forward to partnering with more counties as we work towards a safe and green environment for all.

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