Tuesday, July 16, 2019
 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu having a light moment with ES, Dr. Kaudia,Hon. Amina Abdalla, Hon. Wandayi and Vicky Onderi during the launch of the e-waste project

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu having a light moment with ES, Dr. Kaudia,Hon. Amina Abdalla, Hon. Wandayi and Vicky Onderi during the launch of the e-waste project

Kenya is earnestly seeking for solutions to manage e-waste that is an emerging threat to the environment, CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She called on all Kenyans to guard against the increasing volumes of e-waste arising from usage of electrical and electronic devices by putting proper measures in place to control the menace.

Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that estimates rated Kenya as releasing 17,350 metric tons of e-waste annually following wide usage of refrigerators, TV’s, computers, mobile phones among others.

The extent of threat the CS noted, was shown by a recent UNEP report that gave a global figure of an estimated 40 million tones spewed to the environment annually.

She said that Kenya had a relatively a high internet penetration that threatened to push further volumes of e-waste unless interventions were put in place to manage the phenomenon in an environmentally sound manner.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable photo with participants who attended the launching ceremony.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu poses for a memorable photo with participants who attended the launching ceremony.

In order to mitigate the emerging phenomenon, the CS added that her Ministry had developed e-waste guidelines to streamline procedures of handling the problem.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking in Nairobi when she launched an electronic e-waste implementing tool kit, to enlighten members of the public on best practices to handle the problem. She emphasized the need for a public-private partnership as an intervention to e-waste.

The CS said sustainable collection, sorting and pre-processing could create job opportunities and cautioned that ‘’crude e-waste processing caused air pollution through release of toxic emissions that may cause cancers”.

She expressed satisfaction that some Kenyan companies like Safaricom and East African Compliant and recycling, had initiated e-waste management which sensitized the public on mopping up and its proper disposal.

Prof Wakhungu appealed to county Governments to work with the national Government to build capacity and to establish recycling facilities through harmonization of environmental standards and removal of barriers that could slow down the process.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to chair of Parliamentary committee on environment, Hon. Amina Abdala as Vicky Onderi looks on.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu presenting a memento to chair of Parliamentary committee on environment, Hon. Amina Abdala as Vicky Onderi looks on.

Kisii County and Kisii University will be the first public institutions to implement the program.

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