International E-waste Day
International E-waste Day, October 13th
The very first international e-waste day was commemorated on the 13th October 2018 with the aim of promoting proper disposal of waste electrical and electronic waste equipment (WEEE) world wide and ultimately reduce the amounts of e-waste that are disposed in an improper manner.
It is estimated that 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated globally in 2018, of which 50% is personal devices such as computers, phones, TVs, cooling systems etc. Annually only about 20% of e-waste is properly recycled leaving the rest of the waste either placed in landfills, burned, or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way. This results in a tremendous loss of raw materials from the supply chain and causes serious health, environmental and societal issues through illegal shipments of waste to developing countries.
It is in this regard that the International E-Waste Day has been developed by the WEEE Forum with the support of e-waste companies in 21 different countries globally.
Here in Kenya, the WEEE Centre hosted and together with other e-waste stakeholders organised for a celebration and an awareness creation event at the WEEE Centre's head quarters in Nairobi.
|Little Miss Kenya- Nakuru County giving e-waste |
to the General Manager- WEEE Centre for proper disposal.
|Tour of the WEEE Centre|