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Kenya on course for e-waste legislation

16 July 2013, 17:07

Nairobi - Kenya is on course to finalize the legislation for the management of e-waste and punishment for offenders, an official of the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) said on Monday.

NEMA's Deputy Director for Environmental Education and Public Awareness Betty Nzioka said here that legislative guidelines will be sent to parliament for approval soon.

"Legislative guidelines will soon be tabled in parliament on the disposal of electronic and electrical waste to ensure the environment is safeguarded following an influx of e-goods in the country," Nzioka said.

The deputy director noted that under the new regulations, offenders will pay a fine of between 4,000 and 12,000 U.S dollars.

"Currently Kenya has over 17,000 tonnes of e-waste to dispose and proper legislation is key to ensure that this is done in the right way to avoid environmental aftermath."

Statistics indicate that out of Kenya's annual estimate of e- waste of 17,000 tonnes, refrigerators account for about 11,400 tonnes, 2,800 tonnes from TVs, 2,500 tonnes from personal computers, 500 tonnes from printers and 150 tonnes from mobile phones.

A campaign launched last October by mobile phone provider, Safaricom, to educate the public on the impact of wrongful disposal of electronic waste on the environment has managed to mop up over 15 tonnes of e-waste.


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