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Report/StudySummaryDocuments including WEEE flows/quantities
Electronic waste considerations in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region: A reviewEnvironmental Technology & Innovation, 2023: This paper presents a review of the reported works in the field of e-waste in the Middle East & North Africa region. The various methods of estimating the quantities of e-waste, how it is presently managed, the impacts of e-waste, and the regulations compliant are covered in the review.
Environmental Technology & Innovation, Volume 29
Author(s): Buzaina Moossa, Hazim Qiblawey, Mustafa S. Nasser, Mohammad A. Al-Ghouti, Abdelbaki Benamor.
E‑waste it wisely: lessons from AfricaSN Applied Sciences, 2022: Using available data, this case study estimates the total e-waste in Africa (locally produced plus imported e-waste) for 2019 to be between 5.8 and 3.4 metric tonnes. The main African recipients of e-waste are Nigeria, Ghana, and Tanzania, with Kenya, Senegal and Egypt featuring as countries of concern. Regulatory frameworks, together with monitoring and compliance mechanisms need to be developed, financed, and enforced.
SN Appliances Sciences, 4, 72.
Author(s): Thomas Maes; Fiona Preston‑Whyte.
Regional E-waste Monitor for the Arab States 2021UNU, UNITAR and ITU,2021: The report is the first monitoring effort in the region in relation to e-waste statistics, legislation and e-waste management infrastructure. The key statistical findings for the region are that electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the market (POM) increased by 30 per cent to 9.5 kg/inh in 2019 and e-waste generation increased by 61 per cent to 6.6 kg/inh over the same period.
Arab States: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, The State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Author(s): G. Iattoni, E. Vermeersch, C.P. Baldé, I.C. Nnorom, R. Kuehr.
Policy practices for e-waste management.
Tools for fair and economically viable extended producer responsibility
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 2021: This toolkit aims to provide national and local government with a guide setting out the requirements of a system for the management of e-waste. It considers the need for an all-actors approach and for the fair, inclusive and timely application of the extended producer responsibility principle. The report draws on experiences from developing countries and emerging markets, with a focus on emerging e-waste management systems in African countries.
Towards a Circular Economy for the Electronics Sector in Africa: Overview, Actions and RecommendationsUNEP, 2021: This report provides an overview of the current state of circularity in the electronics value chain in Africa, identifies key areas of concern, provides appropriate recommendations, and proposes priority actions to improve circularity of the sector.
Author(s): Kostyantyn Pivnenko.
E-Waste Training ManualDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 2019: As a basic manual for e-waste trainers, this publication assembles compact information about e-waste in theory (definitions, global and local implications), practical dismantling of different types of equipment, output fractions after manual dismantling, the management of a small scale recycling facility (including the calculation of business opportunities), and the organising of trainings. An annex comprises contacts and references as well as templates that can be used in future workshops. This training manual was developed to support the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) to improve the conditions for sustainable management of e-waste in Ghana.
E-waste Policy HandbookAfrica Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility and Sofies, 2019: The report discusses the three fundamental elements in designing and implementing sustainable solutions for e-waste management: Volumes and flows, Economics, and engagement of consumers. It describes the quantities of waste are generated, the main routes of disposal from consumers, best estimates for volumes. The report outlines the existing landscape of e-waste policy in Africa, specifically in the ACE target countries. It provides policy and producers scheme examples and best practices from around the world.