The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 has reported that Nigeria generated 461.3KT of electronic waste otherwise known as e-waste in 2019, making the country the highest in West Africa. The report which identified that e-waste management problems and attendant remedies are somewhat similar in the various sub-regions of Africa also highlighted the major problems to include: the lack of adequate public awareness, lack of government policy and legislation, lack of an effective collection system and EPR system, the dominance of the recycling sector by an uncontrolled, ill-equipped informal sector that pollutes the environment, lack of adequate recycling facilities, and poor financing of hazardous waste management activities.
Nigeria was, however, recognized as one of the countries with some improvement in the legal, institutional, and infrastructural framework for achieving sound management. This is in reference to the EEE Regulations and the extended producer responsibility, EPR, which took off with the formation of the E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON), a non-profit organization set up by electrical and electronic producers in Nigeria. EPRON is the first Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) for electronic waste in Nigeria and was founded in March 2018 with such stakeholders as HP, Dell, Phillips, Microsoft, and Deloitte contributing towards its establishment in Nigeria.
Nigeria has moved a step further with backing from the Global Environment Facility, UN Environment and partners to turn the tide on e-waste, under the Circular Economy Approaches for the Electronics Sector in project.
Led by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), the project which was launched in Lagos, on 19 June 2019 is a $15-million initiative which is expected to bring together players from government, the private sector and civil society to kick start a financially self-sustaining circular economy approach for electronics in Nigeria, protecting the environment while creating safe employment for thousands of Nigerians.
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