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Managing E-WASTE is no easy task, especially with the boat loads flooding illegal dumping grounds and your domestic bin at home. One battery or mobile phone in the trash could spell disaster for fragile eco-systems and pollute deep into the ground, poisoning water supplies.
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Did you know that most rich countriesexport and dump their E-WASTE illegally on developing countries like India, China, Pakistan and most of North and West Africa?
[Midrand, 8 April 2011] - Expertise and passion are the founding principles of AFRICA E-WASTE, says founder and managing director, Ulze van Wyk.
As a veteran in the E-WASTE industry, Van Wyk says the disposal of E-WASTE, both for corporations and individuals, is neither easy nor cost-effective.
AFRICA E-WASTE has developed a process that addresses these issues. More importantly for Van Wyk, however, is the role AFRICA E-WASTE is playing in the preservation of South Africa's environment.
Some of Africa's poorer countries have become dumping grounds for the world's E-WASTE.
So says the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), adding that an estimated 50 million tonnes of waste from discarded electronic goods are generated annually.
In line with this, ITWeb and AFRICA E-WASTE have partnered to investigate the state of electronic waste in SA. This survey will run on ITWeb for two weeks starting today.
[Johannesburg, 18 March 2011] -
In 2008, an assessment published by the E-WASTE Association of South Africa (eWASA) noted concerning statistics on the state of E-WASTE in the country. Less than three-years later, however, the country has implemented law, a technical strategy for dealing with the issue, and is advising its African neighbours on best practice principles.
Among the challenges pinpointed in the assessment was the country's capacity to deal with CRT monitors, and that the technology did not exist locally to recycle rechargeable batteries in an environmentally friendly way.
Almost half of South African organisations are unaware the country has legislation that criminalises the dumping of electronic waste (E-WASTE).
This is according to the findings of a survey run by ITWeb in partnership with AFRICA E-WASTE. The survey, which attracted 190 high-level IT professionals, including business owners, was carried out online on ITWeb for two weeks – from 9 May to 23 May.