KENYA – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Centre has partnered with Taka Ni Mali to recycle e-waste in Kajiado county.
The two organizations have collaborated with the Kajiado County Government to launch a campaign for the sustainable management of electronic waste.
As part of the campaign, people will be sensitised on source separation and responsible disposal of e-waste. These include computers, kettles, chargers, refrigerators, batteries, and many more.
Taka Ni Mali is engaging local groups for household collection and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Centre, a company based in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, will collect the e-waste.
A total of 450 people, divided into 15 groups, have been deployed to Kajiado. WEEE Centre specialises in e-waste management and will sort and recycle the waste. The company plan to sell the secondary raw materials from recycling to industries.
The new initiative aims to reduce e-waste pollution in Kajiado County and Kenya as a whole. In a report published in 2020, the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Forestry reviews the statistics and recalls that in 2010, e-waste generated in the country already reached 11,000 metric tons per year.
The generation of e-waste has been increasing over the years. The campaign will also help to protect the health of people who encounter this hazardous waste.
Among the components of e-waste considered hazardous are lead, barium, mercury, nickel, cadmium and lithium, which contaminate water and soil when released into the environment.
In its study entitled “Children and e-waste dumps,” published on June 15th, 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that these substances cause premature births, stillbirths, as well as increased rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioural problems, child mood swings, sensory integration difficulties and lower cognitive and language scores.
In addition, there are alterations in lung function, respiratory effects, DNA damage, disturbances in thyroid function and an increased risk of certain chronic diseases later in life, such as cancers and cardiovascular disease.
Meanwhile, Taka ni Mali has also launched a knowledge center and an app that seeks to empower individuals at the bottom of the pyramid to tap resources from waste.
The organization will train MSMEs, ecosystem enablers and CBOs on environmental, social, and governance management and the circular economy and aid in waste separation and collection.
Taka ni Mali lead Mary Ngechu said they seek to show collectors how they can be able to sell waste and earn from the recyclables.
During the launch, experts from different sectors in the climate ecosystem said environmental sustainability and circular economy concerns continue to be treated as side issues despite being a central development agenda.
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