MANAGEMENT OF E-WASTE IN SOUTH AFRICA

In July 2008, the E-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) was formally established as a Section 21 non-profit company (South African Companies Act 61/1973). The goals of the eWASA are to: (a) develop viable business models to ensure the management of e-waste, and (b) establish an environmentally sound waste management system for all types of e-waste generated in South Africa.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Does South Africa have comprehensive legislation regulating the disposal of e-Waste?
What problems result from the lack of comprehensive legislation?
Are industry and the general public obligated to recycle e-waste?
Why is e-waste considered to be a form of hazardous waste?

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