On June 6, 2017, CEDARE as the implementing agency of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) and the UNDP/GEF Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project signed MOU, whereby collaborating efforts in support of a sustainable and sound electronic waste management system in Egypt. Sharing objectives, mandates, and visions, the two projects decided to join forces and integrate efforts to best mobilize resources and optimize impacts boosting the e-waste sector in Egypt. The MOU defines multiple areas of cooperation where each party is committed to in its full capacity.
The partnering entities will be synchronizing mutual activities focusing on:
- Technical support and preparation of national state of e-waste reports
- Capacity building of technical calibers, particularly with regards to assembling, transporting, incentives, sorting, dismantling, and storage of e-waste
- Support of legislation and policy making needed to activate sustainable e-waste management and extended producers’ responsibility (EPR)
- Job creation, designing of business models and establishing incubators for start-ups encouraging informal sector to turn into formal
- Raising public awareness of the dangers of hazardous e-waste disposal as opposed to sound non-hazardous management know-how
- Adoption of sustainable public procurement policies, whenever communication and information technology equipment are needed
The UNDP/GEF Medical and Electronic Waste Management is a five-year project implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Environment in partnership with the UNDP and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Commenced in 2015, the project is in conformity with Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It aims to “Protect Human Health and the Environment from Unintentional Releases of POPs Originating from Incineration and Open Burning of Health-Care and Electronic-waste”.
The Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and is implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in collaboration with CEDARE, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Sciences and Technology (EMPA), Sofies, and the World Resource Forum. It aims at providing the know-how on non-hazardous management of secondary non-renewable material, establishing a formal and efficient WEEE recycling system, and creating sustainable job opportunities.