Mombasa, 2nd October 2023
Nairobi City County is in the forefront of ensuring proper disposal and recycling of electronic waste in its effort to addressing e-waste challenges.
” We have forged strong partnerships with recycling companies that specializes in the proper disposal and recycling of electronic waste. These firms have established designated e-waste collection Centres strategically located across the city. The centers have drop off points for residents, businesses and institutions to responsibly dispose off their electronic devices. This initiative not only ensures proper handling of e-waste but also encourages citizens to participate actively in safeguarding our environment .” Said Mr. Ibrahim Auma, County Executive for Green Nairobi.
Mr. Auma spoke in Mombasa during the African Environmental Health and Pollution Management Partner Countries Regional Conference where he represented Nairobi Governor, H.E Sakaja Johnson.
The conference brought together member countries; Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana and Senegal with an objective to strengthening institutional capacity for the management and regulation of e-waste and related Unintended Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs).
Mr. Auma stated that Nairobi City County is actively engaging with the private sector, urging businesses to adopt sustainable practices in the production and disposal of electronic devices.
“By encouraging eco-friendly product design and supporting extended producer responsibility, we hope to foster a culture of environmental stewardship within our business community.” Said Mr. Auma.
The County Executive also pointed out that the County has placed great emphasis on public awareness and education on the importance of responsible e-waste management.
Mr. Auma acknowledged that Counties need to collectively bolster their capacities to effectively regulate and manage e-waste as well as mercury emanating from artisanal small scale gold mining and other sources. To achieve this, he added that there is need for collaborative efforts with shared knowledge and resources in order to achieve a common goal.
” This regional coordination approach can not be overstated in its importance. It provides a platform for cross learning and exchange of best practices, enabling us to harness the collective wisdom of our diverse regions.” Added Mr. Auma.
Mr. Auma urged the project to aid the County in developing e-waste legislation as well as support in training staff to effectively enforce the regulations.
He further appreciated National Environmental Authority (NEMA) for their dedication in spearheading the project in Kenya and for recognizing the important role of County Governments in the initiatives.
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Hon. Soipan Tuya was also in attendance.