The Electronic Waste Association of South Africa has been formed to look at the sustainable management of e-waste.
Three initiatives were launched in October 2005 sharing the same key objective – an environmentally responsible waste electronics and electric equipment (WEEE) management in South Africa based on an industry financed and end-consumer friendly take back system for these goods.
The South African/Swiss EMPA 'Knowledge Partnerships in e-Waste Recycling' programme
The Swiss EMPA Knowledge Partnership in e-waste Project is jointly run through Swiss programme manager, Rolf Widmer and project manager Mathias Schluep, in partnership with the National e- Waste Group coordinator Ray Lombard, together with the local e-Waste program coordinators in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. For the next 3.5 years the Swiss EMPA will assist South Africa (as well as China and India) in the development of an EPR (extended producer responsibility) based National e-waste management system. It is envisaged that the future South African model will closely follow certain parts and principles of the Swiss model (hence the term 'knowledge partnerships'). The Swiss system has successfully operated for some 12 years.
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