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E-waste is a global problem, but Rwanda has proven that it can also be a resource. In 2020, Rwanda launched its first e-waste dismantling and recycling facility to protect the country from environmental pollution and contribute to economic development.
The e-waste recycling facility is part of Rwanda’s e-waste management project and is currently operated and managed by the private company – EnviroServe Rwanda in partnership with the Rwandan Government.
This project entails a national framework for e-waste recycling, a countrywide collection scheme, and a dismantling facility connected to sustainable recycling industries on national, regional, and international levels.
Equipment that can be repaired and refurbished are fixed and sold at heavily discounted prices or donated to local schools. Items beyond repair are dismantled to recover valuable components while the hazardous materials are properly disposed of.
Since its establishment, the facility has not only made great environmental gains but has also created over 400 employment opportunities. From collection to refurbishment and construction, several jobs have been created to support industries of the future.