Introduction to the e-Waste Problem
As a result of the ever increasing need for smarter, smaller, and faster technology, electrical and electronic waste is now one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. To make matters worse, some e-waste components contain materials (such as heavy metals and plastics treated with flame retardants) that can pose both human and environmental hazards.
The range of products ending up as electronic and electrical waste, (e-Waste), is virtually unlimited. Everything in the home or at the workplace that is driven by electricity or a battery, falls into this category. But what happens to it when it gets old or just dies?
The Southern African E-Waste Alliance (SAEWA) provides constructive solutions to the problems associated with the responsible handling and (where required) disposal of electronic waste. As a matter of fact “e-Waste” can often be given a second lease of life of its function for use elsewhere, or at least through the recovery of materials and unique components. Both the recovery of function and materials in “e-Waste” can lead to the creation of job opportunities or development of new skills based on waste beneficiation strategies.
The e-Waste Alliance ensures that all processes adopted are environmentally sound, and safe in terms of employee working conditions (please also refer to the Southern African E-Waste Alliance (SAEWA) “Operational Code of Conduct” and the Southern African E-Waste Alliance (SAEWA) Constitution as provided in the Download section.