The E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON) has joined the largest forum for the management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
EPRON is the first Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) for electronic waste in the country.
It is also the pioneer in the development of responsible e-waste treatment and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Africa.
Pascal Leroy, the Director-General of the WEEE Forum, said in a statement that there was an increasing global interest in e-waste and the need to ensure that it was managed correctly.
Leroy said that there were new laws backing up this interest.
He added that the experiences of the forum and its members in delivering effective e-waste management in a challenging legislative and operating environment would be invaluable.
“This is why the WEEE Forum welcomes new members, why they are attracted to us and why we continue to be the largest multi-national centre of competence for the management of e-waste,” he said.
Also, the Executive Secretary of EPRON, Ibukun Faluyi, said that joining the WEEE Forum would afford the organisation the opportunity to acquire technical expertise.
She also said that the action would help the forum to fulfill its responsibility as the PRO for the electrical and the electronics sector.
“This membership will help us implement producer responsibility obligation according to best international practices and in a cost-effective and transparent manner.
“With the knowledge that will be acquired, EPRON will be able to estimate and manage the total funds needed to run the EPR system under different scenarios and chooses the best fit.’’
Faluyi added that the affiliation would provide the capacity to manage the black-box data system to register and verify producers’ sales data.
According to her, it will assist the association to determine its members’ market share, while ensuring confidentiality and accuracy.
“It will facilitate the development of competence in reporting of collections and recycling of activities to global development associations such as Climate Action.
“We are confident that this association will propel us toward the quick attainment of circular economy in the EEE sector in Nigeria,” she said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the new development supported by the `Circular Economy Approach for the Electronics Sector in Nigeria,’ is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The project is being implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) while the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) is implementing it.
It is aimed at empowering Nigerians to adopt a financially self-sustaining-circular-economic approach for electronics.
The WEEE Forum is a Brussels-based, international non-profit association with bias for waste management.
It is made up of 40 PROs based in Europe, Oceania, Africa, Asia and in the Americas.
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