E-waste is a popular informal name for electrical and electronic equipment at the end of their useful life, (also known as waste electrical and electronic equipment or WEEE).
E-Waste has become the world’s fastest-growing source of waste and health hazard. A 2014 research conducted by UNEP’s Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) indicates that Kenya generates over 44000 metric tons of e-waste annually; with experts saying that irresponsible disposal of these electronics has greatly contributed to environmental degradation and the escalation of health conditions such as cancer.
It is for this reason that Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre have partnered to organize a symposium that is aimed at educating the public on the impact of wrongful disposal of electronic waste.
The e-waste management symposium, therefore, provides a platform for stakeholders to come together and formulate collaborative ways that will support prudent e-waste management in the country through the generation and implementation of government guidelines for e-waste management.
The symposium will be held at MMU’s Main Campus on 5th June 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will bring together key stakeholders in e-waste management including the former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communication Prof. Bitange Ndemo and ICT specialist and consultant Mr. John Walubengo as well as representatives from Oracle and the East African Communication Organisation (EACO) among others.
It will also include the flagging off of a month long awareness campaign and collection of e-waste most of which can be refurbished, reused, or recycled in an environmentally sound manner to make it less harmful to the ecosystem and public health.