Wide world of e-scrap

Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Dec. 13, 2013

Dell sets up a processing facility in Kenya, and the U.K. looks to overhaul some WEEE regulations to help boost recycling rates. Get the details in our global rundown.

Dell has lent its support to Kenya's first major e-scrap recycling facility known as the East Africa Compliant Recycling and located in the country's capital of Nairobi. The center, which will receive and process used electronics from all over the region, is viewed by Dell as a potentially major step toward establishing recycling infrastructure in Kenya and other developing countries worldwide. Dell has funded two local e-scrap collection sites to aid collection efforts.

Provisional data on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collection in the U.K. indicates that 2013 has been a down year for the industry. In 2012, WEEE collection rates reached an all-time high of 35.37 percent, while three quarters through 2013 the collection rate had dropped to 32.78 percent, well below a looming 2016 target goal of 45 percent.

To help, the U.K. government has approved a series of regulatory overhauls to the current WEEE collection system set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Once in place, the changes could lower the total costs of processing and recycling WEEE while holding producer compliance schemes accountable to annual mandated collection goals.

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