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Having Difficult with Electronic waste?


Obsolete Television Sets, dead radio's and mobile phones are all dumped together indiscriminately 
In developed countries like Germany, in major cities, sorting wastes at source and recycling metals, plastics and electronic waste has resulted into a greener cleaner environment.



Zambia however is gaining pace in its quest to curb the e-waste eyesore. Crescent Future Kids Zambia is running an e-waste recycling centre with capacity to handle 2000 tons of e-waste annually alongside a project of distributing donated computers to schools

Electronic wastee-wastee-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE).

This describes loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices. The processing of electronic waste in developing countries causes serious health and pollution problems because electronic equipment contains some very serious contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium and brominated flame retardants. Even in developed countries recycling and disposal of e-waste involves significant risk for examples to workers and communities and great care must be taken to avoid unsafe exposure in recycling operations and leaching of materials such as heavy metals from landfills and incinerator ashes.


E-waste menace around the world has been a major concern to environmental conservationists. In Zambia and other developing countries, balancing between the need to serve masses with affordable computers and curbing technology dumping has often put Governments and distributors of used computers on a collision course.In Zambia, demand for computers and Internet-enabled mobile phones, is at its peak. This follows the country-wide installation of fibre optic network, which are set to drastically enhance Internet connectivity speed and ignite nationwide Internet penetration. Despite Government’s many efforts to provide computers to the masses still need from the unserved population is overwhelming especially with the ongoing ICT infrastructural development. Debate around importation and distribution of refurbished computers is still a tricky topic in Zambia.

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"Electronic waste" may be defined as all secondary computers, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, and other items such as television sets and refrigerators, whether sold, donated, or discarded by their original owners. This definition includes used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal. Others define the re-usables (working and repairable electronics) and secondary scrap (copper, steel, plastic, etc.) to be "commodities", and reserve the term "waste" for residue or material which was represented as working or repairable but which is dumped or disposed or discarded by the buyer rather than recycled, including residue from reuse and recycling operations. Because loads of surplus electronics are frequently commingled (good, recyclable, and non recyclable), several public policy advocates apply the term "e-waste" broadly to all surplus electronics. This includes to discarded CRT monitors in its category of "hazardous household waste" but considers CRTs set aside for testing to be commodities if they are not discarded, speculatively accumulated, or left unprotected from weather and other damage