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NEMA to launch E-waste regulatory policy

28 August 2013, 13:37 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The National Environment Management Authority(NEMA) is in its final process of initiating an E-waste management regulation policy that will ensure there is safety in the dismantling and disposal of electronic and electrical equipment(EEE).

Addressing the partners in the EEE production and consumption sectors during the stakeholders forum, Betty Nzioka, the Deputy Director on Environmental Education and Public Awareness said that mismanagement of E-waste appliances is harmful on people's health due to production of hazardous substances.

"E-waste Regulations aims at ensuring proper dismantling and disposal of EEE devices whereby producers, recyclers and transporters have to register with NEMA for their activities upon the issuance of the certificate of operation to ensure e-waste products are well managed," said Nzioka.

"Anyone carrying out e-waste activities without the NEMA's knowledge would be liable to a fine as established in NEMA's policy of jail term not less than six years," added Nzioka.

Nzioka said that the regulation allows the produces and manufacturers of EEE to register with NEMA then put the label, year on manufacturing and name of country on their products, while providing an annual report on how much of their products have been imported and the targeted imports for the following year.

She also said that NEMA is going to work closely with the County governments in promoting proper e-waste management by ensuring the e-waste collection centers are set up within reach for transportation and recycling.

Nzioka further said that any e-waste transported within Africa to Kenya will be strictly purposed for recycling and not for dumping, and that the importers should inform the authority in advance on the importation. She said this would regulate the dumping of counterfeit, short-lasting electronic and electrical devices in the country.

From this regulation, the producer, recyclers, transporter and manufacturer is to pay KES 3 000 for an application of registration with the Authority and KES 30 000 for the annual Certificate of Compliance.

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