SRI & UNEP/GEF Projects Explore the Establishment of A National Take-Back System for Electrical and Electronic Equipment

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On September 19th, 2017, the Swiss Sustainable Industries (SRI) project, in collaboration with the UNDP/GEF Medical & Electronic Waste Project, organized a Consultation Session on Establishing National Take-Back system for Electrical and Electronic Equipment using Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Financing Mechanism. 

DSC_0059The meeting was co-organized by the SRI project, funded by the Swiss Government in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe, and the UNDP-GEF funded project on E-waste and Bio-medical wastes hosted by the Egyptian Ministry of Environment.

The objective of the meeting was to introduce and consult relevant stakeholders on the establishment of a national Take-back system for end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.  Extended producer responsibility was introduced as a mechanism for financing the operation of the proposed take-back system.

Participants comprised mobile phones service providers, electronics producers with maintenance service centers, and electronics importers with maintenance service centers. 

Meanwhile, the assessment report, prepared by the SRI Project in Egypt, on the status of Take-back and Extended Producer Responsibility clearly encourages the utilization of a participatory approach to come up with a consensus for the overall policy and legislative framework including the mechanism for financing and sustainability of the system.

Towards this, the SRI along with the UNDP-GEF projects, have a mandate to support the development of a take-back system in Egypt and facilitate the necessary dialogue with technical advisory. There are several synergies to be tapped in the overall management and disposal of hazardous wastes, with the take-back system.

To download the EPR Report: http://web.cedare.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Extended-Producer-Responsibility-Assessment-Report.pdf