Kenya finalizing e-scrap reugluations

Kenya finalizing e-scrap regulations

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Kenya's National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is on the verge of finalizing regulations to monitor importers of new and used electronics and implement a nationwide e-waste recycling program.

Under the new law, importers of electronics would be required to register with NEMA and provide an annual report on the quantity of imported goods as well as projected totals for the coming year. NEMA's senior compliance and enforcement officer, Immaculate Simiyu, confirmed with E-Scrap News that NEMA will have the authority to impose the new regulations on importers. Any importer that fails to comply with the regulations could be punished by Kenyan law.

NEMA will also begin certifying e-scrap recycling facilities to handle the growing influx of electronics in the East African country. Under the current framework, facilities would be required to follow a strict set of guidelines set forth by NEMA to ensure the safe and responsible dismantling of e-scrap.

By monitoring imports and implementing a recycling program Kenya hopes to signal a major shift in its policy toward e-scrap and its toll on the environment.

In 2010 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reported that Kenya disposed of an estimated 17,350 tons of e-scrap each year. While more recent data has yet to be released, many fear those numbers have jumped, giving an added sense of urgency to the new regulations.

NEMA's regulations will be analyzed by stakeholders before being finalized and prepared for implementation.

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