The Middle East and Africa region is facing deep challenges in e-waste management Electronic waste or e-waste is a global challenge threatening the health of people and the planet. International organizations and climate advocates have been raising the red flag around this issue forcing businesses and governments to set e-waste
GEMS Education is spearheading an e-waste collection campaign in 16 of its schools to mark World Environment Day. GEMS has partnered with Dubai based company, Enviroserve. Each of the participating schools have collected hundreds of used electronic items including: computers, laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, printers, scanners through their collection centres in the school campus. Enviroserve, which specialises in e-waste management solutions, will recondition, where possible, the collected electronic items or send them to accredited refineries overseas. The three schools that collect the largest amount of e-waste will receive prizes and a recognition plaque from Enviroserve.
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. Consumer awareness and education is a large part of Africa e-Waste’s strategy. Despite the media attention e-waste has received, consumers don’t understand the far-reaching impact of irresponsible disposal.