SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Soipan Tuya, Environment, Climate Change and Forestry Cabinet Secretary has called upon the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and governments of various counties to strictly enforce rules on electronic waste dumping. Meantime, she reiterated the government’s commitment to formulate tougher regulations on controlling e-waste menace.
Tuya noted that the improperly disposed of electronic waste often ends up in landfills. The toxic chemicals released from the e-waste pollutes the earth’s air, water and soil and causes serious health hazards to human beings and other living beings. It is the sole responsibility of the respective counties to manage their e-waste in an environmentally responsible manner, she added.
As part of the efforts to curb e-waste, the country has partnered with the World Bank, Konza City and NEMA to establish a modern e-waste recycling plant in Konza City. The facility operations coupled with tougher regulatory frameworks are expected to create a model for e-waste management in the country.
The electronic waste menace has become a health threat to Kenyan communities, especially to children, Tuya said.
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