SOUTH AFRICAN GOVT URGED TO PASS LEGISLATION ON ELECTRONIC WASTE

Recyclists of electronic devices in South African are calling on the government to pass legislation to help manage electronic waste, including discarded electronic devices, most of which contain harmful components such as lead, cadmium or flame retardants.

Recyclists warn that without proper management, e-waste could have devastating results for the environment and people’s health. Some of the devices help to bridge the digital divide but once the guarantee is depleted they become e-waste which may contain as many as a thousand different materials.

Informal processing of e-waste can lead to adverse health effects and environmental pollution. Hence the need for the country to have formal legislation.

E-waste recyclist Ulze Van Wyk notes a few years back there was a huge campaign to make all electronic waste hazardous.

Meanwhile, regulations are being developed around the world to replace harmful materials as disposing of e-waste can be a logistical nightmare.

“When you want to collect stuff from various companies, they want us to use special trucks and things to go and collect the toxic waste.”

Despite having an Environmental Management Act, South Africa has no formal legislation to manage e-waste.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK