Friday, 23 Jun 2017

E-waste management requires concerted effort - experts

Multimedia University of Kenya Vice Chancellor Amb Prof. Festus Kaberia (left) together with Chairman, Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Center (WEEE) Centre Amb. Peter Gitau (right) are helped by 2017 MR and Miss MMU to load e-waste equipment into a van during the official flagging off of e-waste collection at the university. Multimedia University of Kenya Vice Chancellor Amb Prof. Festus Kaberia (left) together with Chairman, Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Center (WEEE) Centre Amb. Peter Gitau (right) are helped by 2017 MR and Miss MMU to load e-waste equipment into a van during the official flagging off of e-waste collection at the university.
 
A panel of experts have called for a unified effort among the industry players, academia and regulators to successfully formulate and implement workable initiatives that will ensure prudent e-waste management in the country.
 
 
Speaking at Multimedia University of Kenya during an e-waste management symposium, the panelists consisting of representatives from Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK), Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Centre, UNEP, EACO and Communication Authority, agreed that there is need for an integrated approach towards e-waste management.
 
 
Dr. Martin Magu, one of the panelists in a session that was exploring the role of industry and academia in e-waste management, said that a comprehensive research needs to be done with an aim of mapping out all e-waste location for easy of collection and disposal.
 
 
“We need a map-out research that will help with identifying all the locations of e-waste across the country,” said Dr. Magu adding that this is where the industry and academia come together to form effective e-waste management partnerships.
 
 
Dr. Magu also pointed out that institutions of higher learning have the responsibility of ensuring that the culture of good e-waste management is introduced and nurtured among the students by ensuring that academic programmes have environment management content in them.
 
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Representative of  the Ambassador to Belgium Ms. Ineke Rentmeesters together with MMU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Research and Innovation Prof. Paul Mbatia load e-waste equipment into a van during the official flagging off of e-waste collection at the university.
 
His sentiments were echoed by WEEE Centre, Founding Director Dr. Tom Musili who said that Kenya needs serious measures to manage e-waste adding that this can only be achieved through partnerships and holding awareness creating conferences.
 
 
“Kenya is not a very healthy nation when it comes to e-waste management. This is why we are partnering with institutions of higher learning to create solutions and also help pass the message of e-waste management,” said Dr. Musili.
 
In his opening remarks, Vice Chancellor Amb Prof. Festus Kaberia said that e-waste is the fastest growing waste in the world adding that developing countries still lug behind due to lack of policies, guidelines and regulations on e-waste management.
 
 
“Developing countries especially in Africa are ill equipped to handle this fastest growing form of waste. Several factors have affected management of e-waste and among them is illegal trafficking of e-waste to developing countries, lack of data on e-waste and lack of skilled manpower to handle e-waste,” said the VC.
 
 
The VC however said that a part from setting up an Information Access Centre, the ICT Museum and mounting various courses that train students on how to develop new environmentally sound technologies, the university plans to undertake more activities including recycling waste water and building an e-waste plant among others.
 
 
In the same breath, the event saw the flag-off of various e-waste material to commemorate the institution as one of the official e-waste collection centre in the country.  
 
 
 
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 Communications Authority Telecom, Licensing and Compliance Assistant Director Liston Kirui load e-waste equipment into a van during the official flagging off of e-waste collection at the university
 
The e-waste management symposium, which was held on Monday, 5th June 2017 to mark the World Environmental Day, was also attended by representative of the Ambassador to Belgium Ms. Ineke Rentmeesters, Chairman, Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Center (WEEE) Centre Amb. Peter Gitau, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Research and Innovation Prof. Paul Mbatia among other guests.
 
 
The event was a collaborative effort between MMU and the WEEE Centre and marks the commencement of a month-long e-waste awareness campaign. 
 

 

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