East Africa's Compliant Recycling Facility, Kenya

East Africa’s Compliant Recycling Facility, Kenya

The East African Compliant Recycling facility (EACR) officially opened last Wednesday in Athi River, Machakos County, close to Nairobi. It will collect electronic waste for recycling from a series of collection points across Kenya, including Camara’s Hub in Mombasa.

EACR hopes to formalise eWaste collection in Kenya, as well as create employment and encourage micro enterprises to become collection points. Electronic items, including computer equipment, will be sorted, broken down and packed on site, for recycling within Kenya, or to be exported for further treatment, in the case of hazardous materials.

Camara Kenya in Mombasa will be EACR’s first collection point at the Coast. A 20 foot container will be available at the Hub from January 2014, so collectors can bring electronic goods and receive payment per item and weight. EACR will collect the container when full, assess the equipment and make a payment for the goods, leaving an empty container in its place.

The Honourable Professor Judi Wakhungu cut the ribbon and unveiled a commemorative plaque at the opening, with Robert Truscott CEO of EACR and Charles Kuria, Managing Director of HP Kenya.  The event was attended by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary and Minister of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, as well as EACR Board Members, and representatives from HP, Dell, Philips, Nokia, Camara, the Government and the National Environment Management Agency (NEMA).

eWaste for recycling

eWaste for recycling

Camara are fortunate to have the ongoing support of Dell, who have been pioneers in making this project happen.  Jean Cox-Kearns, Head of Global Take Back for Dell spoke on behalf of the eWaste Solutions Alliance for Africa. A collaboration between Dell, HP, Nokia, Philips and Reclaimed Appliances (UK), the Alliance has been instrumental in working with Government to bring about new eWaste legislation due to be published in Kenya in early 2014. This major step towards better eWaste management and accountability in Kenya will be spearheaded by the the establishment and operation of the EACR facility.

This inspirational video shows how the Kenya recycling model works and how it is empowering local women Turning eWaste into a Resource in Kenya .