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Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Close the Gap opens first recycling centre for hazardous waste in Africa

On 27 September 2011 European Vice-president Neelie Kroes opened Close the Gap’s first recycling centre for hazardous electronic waste in Africa. “This centre in Nairobi represents an important step towards reducing health and environmental consequences of dumping hazardous electronic trash in the region,” said Neelie Kroes.

Close the Gap already finances a network of regional manual recycling centres for electronic waste in the East African Community, operated by its local partner Digital Pipeline Africa (Kenya). The Nairobi centre now takes e-waste treatment to a much more environmental friendly level.

“In addition to damaging public health and the environment, untreated e-waste hinders the development of ICT projects which are so vital for developing countries,” said Mr. Olivier Vanden Eynde, Founder and Managing Director of Close the Gap, at the opening ceremony.

In 2010, with the support of the Belgian Development Agency BTC, Close the Gap co-financed and coordinated a study on an integrated sustainable e-waste management solution for the East-African community. The study aimed to provide a framework and recurrent funding system for the collection, dismantling and recycling of e-waste. This study also produced a realistic business plan.

Source: BTC