Kara in partnership with Safaricom hosted a Webinar on E-waste Management on the subject: “Achieving sustainable environmental management in Kenya through effective E-waste management.

” Speakers who addressed the Webinar were Ms. Valentine Cheruiyot, Senior Officer, Environmental Management, Safaricom Ltd; Ms. Simone Andersson, Chief Commercial Officer, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Centre and Mr. Juma Ooro Ag. Manager Consumer Protection & Customer Service, Communications Authority of Kenya.
Speaking at the forum, Ms. Valentine Cheruiyot stated that as part of its integrated waste management programme, Safaricom has been able to collect over 1,200 tonnes of e-waste working in partnership with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre in Nairobi, Ministry of Environment & Forestry, the Communications Authority and the National Environment Management Authority. She added that the company uses its network of retail shops across the country as collection centres and now want to encourage and promote wider participation from multiple stakeholders in the e-waste management process. She noted that there is a lot more in terms of awareness that need to be done for instance in working with apex organizations, and neighborhood organizations in communicating messages in a way that makes sense to the common mwananchi so that they can understand what e-waste is and its implications.

Ms. Simone Andersson stated that Electronic waste is a serious concern because it poses a considerable threat to the environment and human health and there is need for proper e-waste management and recycling. E-waste management will not only help protect the wellbeing of Kenyans and safeguard the environment, but facilitate job creation as well. She added that WEEE Centre focuses on safe and environmentally friendly disposal of all electrical and electronic waste. According to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Only 17.4 per cent of 2019’s e-waste was collected and recycled. This means that gold, silver, copper, platinum and other high-value, recoverable materials conservatively valued at US $57 billion -a sum, slightly more than half of Kenya’s GDP in 2019 were mostly dumped or burned rather than being collected for treatment and reuse.

Mr. Juma Ooro stated that Communications Authority regulates ICT Industry which is a major generator of E-waste. He noted that Kenya has E-waste Guidelines, implemented by NEMA and that The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has put in place a National E-waste Management Strategy, 2020 and a National Waste Policy (where E-waste is covered). The Ministry is also currently working on E-waste and Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations. He added that the Authority is currently exploring how to encourage the ICT players to adopt the customer take-back-schemes to enhance e-waste management. He concluded by stating that members of the public need awareness on dangers of e-waste and their role in its management for instance on Segregation of waste in the household, business and institutions, and that the Authority is willing to work with other stakeholders to enhance awareness.
You can find recording of the webinar here………………..