E-Waste: Nigeria to establish 30 collection centres nationwide

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LAGOS – will soon get a boost in the electronic waste (e-waste) sub-industry with the opening up of applications for establishment of some 30 collection centres .

The Executive Secretary, E-Waste Producers Responsibility Organisation of (EPRON), Mrs Ibukun Faluyi, speaking @2020 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue, organised by ITREALMS . With her is Editor-in-chief, ITREALMS, Remmy Nweke and Head, Ports Operations, Lagos at the National Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) Mrs. Ezinwanyi Amarachi Udechukwu at the dialogue

Disclosing this Thursday at the 2020 ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue held at the Welcome Centre Hotels Lagos, the Executive Secretary, E-Waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of (EPRON), Mrs. Ibukun Faluyi said the is free.

Faluyi who spoke on subtheme, e-Waste in Nigeria and in Recycling, said that EPRON as technical assistant to the is offering the for free which could be accessed on its website, www.epron.org.ng.

According to her, for now there is no fee attached as part of the incentive to get more people, especially Nigerians involved.

At the end of the exercise to be conducted alongside the National Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), she said, some 90 will be created.

This number of , she explained is because each of the collection centres will be expected to have at least three staff to its operations.

The ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue had received backing the stakeholders in the digital space, including the (NCC), Association of Licensed Telecom Operations of Nigeria (ALTON) and Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) to name a few.

The theme for 2020 Electronic Waste (e-Waste) dialogue, according to the Editor-in-chief of ITREALMS Media, Mr. Remmy Nweke, “e-Waste in Nigeria: Challenges and .”

ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue, it would be recollected initially scheduled for October 14 but due to COVID-19 lockdown and #EndSARS , it had to be rescheduled to Thursday, December 17, 2020 as part of the Nigeria Internet Waste Dialogue.

There have been concerns over the waste associated with the electrical and electronic equipment coming originating the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets, and fridges to name but a few; which current burden stood in excess of 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste annually accumulating both local and imported Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE).

ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue, he said, supports the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized “Internet Waste Dialogue” in commemoration of the annual International eWaste Day (IeWD).