Today on the Greenzone, we have a chat with Enrico Vermaak about electronic waste.
What is e-Waste?
Electronic waste is defined as discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets and refrigerators. This definition includes used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling.
Some electronic scrap components, such as CRTs, may contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, brominated flame retardants and even hazardous materials which by law must be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
"eWaste makes up 5% to 8% of municipal solid waste in South Africa and is growing at a rate three times faster than any other form of waste. The challenge in the proper management of eWaste is a result of a lack of recycling infrastructure, inadequate funding, poor legislation, a lack of public awareness and market based instruments," Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa.
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