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East Africa nations to cooperate on e-waste management

25 August 2016, 18:23

Nairobi (Xinhua) -- The East Africa Community (EAC) member states have agreed to cooperate in tackling the growing problem of e-waste management.

Senior compliance and enforcement officer at Kenya's National Environmental Management Authority, Immaculate Simiyu, told an environment forum in Nairobi on Wednesday that the member states agreed to set up a Regional E-waste Management Committee.

"The committee will came up with joint mechanisms in the recycling and treatment of e-waste in the region," Simiyu said.

The committee aims to enable East African nations to adopt a regional approach to tackle the growing menace of e-waste management.

"The collaboration will allow countries to export their e-waste to neighboring states for recycling and refurbishment purposes," Simiyu said.

The EAC groups Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

Kenya is currently in the process of enacting an e-waste law as the country is operating on guidelines on e-waster.

"The bill is currently in parliament for debate and should be endorsed soon," Simiyu said, adding that the proposed law will license producers and recyclers of e-waste.

- Xinhua


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