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Recyclers gear up to reap from e-waste under new rules

According to the UNEP, the annual generation of e-waste in Kenya stands at 11,400 tonnes from refrigerators, 2,800 tonnes from TVs, 2,500 tonnes from personal computers, 500 tonnes from printers and 150 tonnes from mobile phones. Photo/FILE
According to the UNEP, the annual generation of e-waste in Kenya stands at 11,400 tonnes from refrigerators, 2,800 tonnes from TVs, 2,500 tonnes from personal computers, 500 tonnes from printers and 150 tonnes from mobile phones. Photo/FILE 

Recycling firms dealing in electronic goods that have been operating informally are eyeing a new income stream as the Government moves to regulate the handling of e-waste.

This comes as Kenya’s enters a new regulatory regime, with guidelines that are meant to steer the formation of a new policy to manage electronic waste.

The unregulated disposal of e-waste—with containing toxic elements that can persist for centuries — is particularly alarming given the expected rise in volumes in the next decade.

Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) is a non-governmental organisation that has been refurbishing and selling computers to schools at below-market prices.