Put mea­sures in place to man­age e-waste in Kenya

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The rate at which e-waste in Kenya is in­creas­ing will reach un­man­age­able lev­els if mea­sures are not put in place to man­age it as early as now. Very lit­tle has been done to curb the amount of e-waste that has con­stantly been re­leased over the years. As much as we en­joy tech­nol­ogy and the op­por­tu­ni­ties it of­fers, we should be on high alert not to flood our coun­try with gad­gets that stopped be­ing used else­where years ago. With the ad­vance­ment in tech­nol­ogy, many elec­tron­ics are likely to be over­taken by time, thus lead­ing to e-wastage. Many are ig­no­rant of this. Mo­bile phones, for in­stance, are widely dis­posed of. Ac­cord­ing to a 2010 re­port, Unep es­ti­mates the cur­rent e-waste gen­er­ated an­nu­ally in Kenya to be at 2,800 tonnes of TV sets, 2,500 tonnes of com­put­ers and 150 tonnes of mo­bile phones, fig­ures that have clearly in­creased since then. Let us take ev­ery pre­cau­tion.

JESSIE WAIRIA Nakuru

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