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Nigeria: Govt Targets Collection of 200,000 Tonnes of E-Waste

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Nigeria: Govt Targets Collection of 200,000 Tonnes of E-Waste

The federal government has revealed plans to collect 200,000 tonnes of e-waste (electronic waste) in the country to reduce the environmental impact for a safer and cleaner environment.

This was made known at the five days training for enforcement officers and value chain for the Expanded Producers Responsibility (EPR) under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) project.

The training aims to reduce the environmental impact of e-wastes by ensuring that producers take responsibility in the management of wastes from their products.

According to the DG/CEO National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Prof. Aliyu Jauro, “we know that e-waste is becoming an environmental problem people tend to dispose equipment any how.

“We also have informal recyclers that collect e-wastes, and recycle them anyhow. In the process of recycling, it impacts on the environment, because electronic waste contains a lot of hazardous substances ranging from heavy metals.

“Most of these recyclers do this in an informal way; thereby, impacting on the environment and on the workers.”

Consequently, the NESREA boss hinted that the regulators will go round to ensure that everything is done in a sound environmental manner.

On the importance of the training, Jauro mentioned that “Nigeria received support from the United Nations Environment Programme through the global environmental facility for us to showcase how this recycling of e-waste should be done.