Resolving electronic recycling challenges in Africa
Most e-waste recycling in developing and transition countries is done informally and there is little regulation in place to safeguard the health of those who dismantle the electronic equipment.
The project, which was carried out in South Africa, Morocco and Kenya, allowed HP to gather vital information on how African governments and organisations are dealing with the rising problem of e-waste management. The results showed that levels of e-waste are rising substantially in Africa and, when it comes to actually handling e-waste in a safe and secure way, some countries have a significant lack of knowledge and legislative framework.
Using the information gathered, HP was able to test out possible solutions for a way forward, both for handling e-waste and for providing employment opportunities for local communities at the same time.More information ›
NewsPilot project in South Africa on YouTube” (July 2009) ›
E-waste management in South Africa, Kenya and Morocco: Developing a pathway to sustainable systems (July 2009) ›
E-waste management in Africa: A call for partners (April 2009) ›
Podcast on HP’s e-waste project in Africa (April 2009) ›
Tackling e-waste in Africa: HP unlocks innovation and pioneers a way forward (April 2009) ›
HP unveils conclusions and next steps of project to tackle electronic waste in Africa (February 2009) ›
DSF Newsletter - e-waste special issue (May 2008) ›
HP launches pilot project to tackle electronic waste in South Africa (March 2008) ›
HP leads the way on resolving electronic recycling challenges in Africa (September 2007) ›
Decrease the environmental impact caused by improper disposal of electronic waste
Improve working conditions by reducing potential health hazards
Create new employment opportunities in the informal e-waste recycling sector
The initial phase consists of a pilot project in South Africa together with an analysis of existing practices in Morocco and Kenya.
About the Global Digital Solidarity Fund
The Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) is the only global organization entirely dedicated to reducing the digital divide. Its objective is to equip the developing world with the means to access the knowledge society. Through access to ICT and valuable content, the DSF works at community level to promote the development of marginalized populations.
The DSF collaborates with local and national authorities, the private sector, international organizations and NGOs, as well as civil society.More information on DSF ›
Empa is the multidisciplinary research institute for material science and technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) domain. Empa is specialised in applications-oriented research and development, as well as in offering services to help solving demanding problems in the fields of sustainable materials science and technology.
The Technology and Society Lab analyses the impacts of technological developments on society and the environment and hosts among other activities the technical monitoring team for the Swiss e-waste management system.
Empa is leading the Swiss Global e-waste Programme , which aims at building capacities for e-waste management in developing economies.More information on Empa ›