Create a Partnership across Africa and Europe focused on delivering advancements in recycling as a key component of metropolitan areas’ waste management strategy, using e-waste as a pilot to build up a modern and effective reference model. We will maximize recycling opportunities in Africa to generate economic value, increase environment and health protection and protect current jobs while improving their effectiveness and working conditions.
We will generate synergies between Africa and Europe related to technology transfer and e-waste flows monitoring and control, to minimize illegal export from Europe; exploit the available data on waste generated; define and develop the conditions and actions necessary to implement effective waste recycling systems in metropolitan areas; develop standards and benchmarks to improve the e-waste collection and materials recycling.
The key activities of the commitment will be focused on the following areas:
- Collection: strengthen the knowledge related to e-waste collection systems, best practice and consumer behavior to trial and develop a range of high yielding collection approaches and consumer campaigns for representative demographics across key metropolitan areas in Africa;
- Process Technologies: map the technological options for e-waste recycling, taking into account the current dismantling and material recovery processes and the potential to introduce low environmental impact and cost effective alternatives or complementary technologies;
- Closing the loop: analyze the opportunities related to the use of secondary raw materials recovered from e-waste in local businesses, to enable new opportunities for both the recycling sector in Africa and the downstream industries interested to reduce their dependency from primary resources;
- e-waste Intelligence: collect updated information on the availability of secondary raw materials, particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRMs), in e-waste through quantification of the CRM content of appliances and e-waste arising. Map the options available for the implementation of ICT to improve the channeling of WEEE to appropriate recycling facilities to maximize recovery of CRM and reduce illegal export;
- Financing: analyze the EPR strategy as a mean to support the development of local e-waste management systems, evaluating bottlenecks, preconditions and key enabling factors to make it work in an effective way;
- Dissemination and information exchange: develop an interactive platform for dissemination and information exchange of waste management best practices, benchmarks and case studies thereby raising awareness on behavioral, social, political, cultural and institutional aspects in recycling, and paving the way to new development opportunities.
As told before, the partnership will generate synergies between African and European Municipalities and Governments related to technology transfer and e-waste flows monitoring and control, to minimize illegal export from Europe to Africa; exploit the available data on reliable-waste generated in terms of quantity, material content, future trends, environmental impact and economic recovery potential; define and develop the conditions, actions and business case necessary to implement effective and reliable waste recycling systems in metropolitan areas; develop standards, benchmarks and best practice to drive improvements in the collection, recycling and recovery of materials.
We aim to improve knowledge on e-waste and other complex waste streams recycling. A coordinated strategic agenda to the definition of a e-waste toolbox, to increase separate collection of e-waste and recycling rates in the medium term. EWIT supports the implementation of the outcome of Rio+20 and UNEP Global Partnership on Waste Management (WM) as the development of environmentally sound WM systems, in line with the Basel Convention, creating the conditions to enable new market opportunities for African and European business. Paucity of addressed data prevents from quantifying the impacts now. We foresee at least 3 projects to implement effective WMS’ will arise from EWIT project in African Metropolitan Areas (AMA), with immediate benefits in health, environment, occupation, legality terms.
EWIT project will contribute in reducing the illegal e-waste export from Europe to Africa of at least 30%.
Key stakeholders: Producers (efficient setup of a model in AMA as a key step to enhance societal acceptance of/confidence in e-goods producers), Local Scrap Dealers/Recyclers (increased volumes/revenues/job creation due to additional material recycling), Municipalities (improved effectiveness of collection, more engaged consumers, value sharing along the supply chain), Downstream industries (improved critical raw materials availability/reduced price volatility), Academia (e-waste flow knowledge, CRM content and recoverability, development of a specific model to optimize WM in AMA), Citizens (effective and cheap take back services, better health/environment/knowledge on individual behaviours on sustainable recycling), Government (tool to develop an integrated WMS, development of local waste recycling industry, focused on SMEs, increased health/environmental protection/economics).
ISWA will participate in all the activities and will coordinate the project, ensuring the compliance with the Commitment. ISWA will ensure links to other SIP actions, also through its participation in HLSG, Sherpa Group, Operational Group and specifically OG3, OG4, OG5 of Raw Materials EIP. ISWA will also periodically report to the Raw Materials EIP and keep the Commitment track updated.