Potential for Circular Economy in Developing Countries; Case Study of Kenya’s E-Waste Sector

Authors : Elmah Odhiambo; Joyce Irungu; Beth Mbote; Jackson Kinyanjui; June Samo

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7073426

The world produces close to 50 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste each year. The likelihood of finding either electric or electronic waste in a typical homestead is irrefutable. In Kenya, only about 1% of the total e-waste generated is properly managed. This review sought to establish the state of Kenya’s ewaste sector landscape to inform its potential for circularity. It employed a rapid review approach of documentation on e-waste; policy, strategies, journal papers, and grey literature. Circularity in the e-waste sector is still at a nascent stage with limited players in the space. While the government is cognizant of the challenges in managing e-waste, policy frameworks and preparedness are still nascent. A framework is imperative in not only creating awareness but also establishing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the collection and management of e-waste. Moreover, government and private sector partnerships will be essential in regulating the e-waste sector, especially with the emerging interest from sector players.

Keywords : E-waste; Circularity; Recycling; Policy; Developing Nations; Potential; Kenya.


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