IWMSA urges South Africas to dispose of e-waste correctly

Source: Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)

Weltevreden Park, Soth Africa — The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), leaders in the waste management industry and committed to supporting professional waste management practices, urges South Africans to support eWASA and dispose of e-waste correctly.  “E-waste falls under the larger waste spectrum and the general public are urged to dispose of electronic waste correctly. E-waste can be defined as anything that runs on electricity and includes goods that require batteries to operate”, explains Dr Suzan Oelofse, President of IWMSA.

South Africa has a well-developed, formal e-waste management system that collects, refurbishes, dismantles and recycles discarded products. Most urban centres have various collection points for e-waste, and eWASA member companies and their partners, including retailers such as Makro and Pick n Pay, are working to expand the current footprint of 635 collection sites. “Recycled e-waste plastics are used to manufacture fence droppers, roof tiles and guttering. Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass can be used for road surfacing and Waste2Art projects create crafts, jewellery and arts using dismantled e-waste”, says Keith Anderson, Chairman of eWASA. The e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) has been collecting, sorting and disposing of e-waste in an environmentally friendly way since 2008.

The Waste Classification and Management Regulations under the Waste Act (R634 Waste Classification & Management Regulations) call for a total ban of the disposal of e-waste in landfill sites by 2021, with a ban on mercury bearing lamps by 2016. “E-waste workers can be exposed to many harmful effects of carcinogens and other hazardous substances found in e-waste”, argues Keith Anderson. “South Africa is running out of landfill space and we cannot afford to discard valuable resources. The next eWASA e-waste collection day event will take place on 19 September 2014 as part of the Clean-Up and Recycle Week initiative and we urge the community to take part and help preserve our environment”, concludes Suzan Oelofse.

Source: Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)