Rwanda launches electronic waste recycling facility

By IGIHE
On 7 December 2017 at 08:55

The Minister for Environment, Dr. Vincent Biruta has launched an electronic waste recycling and dismantling facility that was constructed in Bugesera District, Eastern Province.

In June 2014, the Rwanda Green Fund invested $1.5 million (about Rwf1.26 billion) in a project that sought to recycle and dismantle e-waste.

The facility will help to recycle e-waste materials to avoid adverse effects to human health and environment.

Among the said materials are fridges, washing machines, cooking machines, heaters and telephones among other non-usable electronic materials that people continue to store in their houses.

Some of these materials will be recycled while others will be dismantled so they cannot harm the environment.

In the six months of operation, the facility has recycled 200 desktops.

Dr. Biruta said that e-waste is a problem which requires concerted efforts to tackle.

“We know that e-waste is a big problem in different countries around the world, harming the environment and affecting human health,” he said.


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