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EPRON joins WEEE Forum


To bridge the knowledge gap in the implementation of electronic waste, the E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON) has joined the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum.

Supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project ‘Circular Economy Approach for the Electronics Sector in Nigeria’ and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), executed by National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), it is aimed at empowering Nigeria to adopt a financially self-sustaining circular economy approach for electronics.

It also aims to contribute to GEF-7 core indicators in the area of reduction, elimination and avoidance of chemicals of global concern and their waste in the environment.

It is expected that membership would afford EPRON the opportunity to acquire technical expertise to fulfil its responsibility as the Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) for the electrical and electronics sector.

EPRON will estimate and manage the total funds needed to run the EPR system under different scenarios and choose the best fit. This affiliation will provide the capacity to manage effectively the black-box data system to register and verify producers’ sales data, to determine market share, while ensuring confidentiality and accuracy. It will also enable the development of competence in reporting and linking of collection and recycling activities to global development goals such as Climate Action.

The WEEE Forum, which a Brussels-based, international not-for-profit association was set up in 2002 and speaks for 40 not-for-profit electrical and electronic equipment waste PROs.

The PROs are based in Europe, Oceania, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The expansion of the WEEE Forum beyond its established European base reflects the recognised problem that e-waste has become in all parts of the world.

The desire of administrations and businesses across the planet to address the issue and provide a clean and safe route for e-waste collection and recycling is manifested in new legislation and new organisations that directly target e-waste.

Director-General of the WEEE Forum, Pascal Leroy said, “There is an increasing global interest in e-waste and ensuring that e-waste is dealt with correctly by competent and qualified organisations.

“New laws are backing up this interest and the experience the WEEE Forum and its members have in delivering effective e-waste management in a challenging legislative and operating environment is invaluable to organisations that are becoming involved in the sector. This is why the WEEE Forum welcomes new members, why they are attracted to us and why we continue to be the world’s largest multi-national centre of competence for the management of e-waste.”

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