Circuit boardThe European Union will provide funding to help formalize e-scrap recycling in a West African country that has been at the center of heated material export debates.

The EU will provide 1.2 million euros (about $1.46 million) to the E-MAGIN Ghana project over the next four years, according to Recycling International. The project launched on Feb. 9 in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

A consortium led by the University of Cape Coast in Ghana will implement the project. Also participating are the Ghana National Clean Production Centre, City Waste Recycling Co. and Berlin-based think tank and public policy consultancy Adelphi.

According to the European Union in Ghana Facebook page, the EU expects the project to help organize formal e-scrap associations, define collection mechanisms, increase capacity building and promote policy dialogue.

Ghana is home to the Agbogbloshie scrap site, an area near the capital city of Accra that has grabbed international media attention focused on crude processing procedures.

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