Electrical and electronic equipment at the end of its useful life (E-waste) is considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world with estimated 5%-10% increase in global e-waste generation every year. Burning of these E-waste without doubt is very harmful to human health and that of the environment since they contain toxic chemicals and Ghana has been in the news for burning of E-Waste.

Having that in mind, on the 19th- 21st of June 2018, Sustainable Recycling Industries Project (SRI) funded by Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and locally implemented by EPA and Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre held a training workshop on sustainable e-waste dismantling and business models in Sunyani to help scrap dealers find safe and economically profitable way of retrieving components of electronic and electric waste and complying with the “no burn” policy.

This hands-on training workshop equips scrap dealers with skills to realize the importance of proper dismantling to isolate useful component in e-waste and how they can profit from the selling of these useful component to recycling companies including the E-waste plastics. Some working components can also be reused in refurbishing faulty electronic equipment. The Scrap dealers are educated on the hazardous nature of their work and given personal protective equipment to safeguard themselves against some of these hazards. Scrap dealers now appreciate the essence of belonging to organized associations to improve access to other business interventions and facilitate formalization and registration processes with the right authorities.

Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre is optimistic that the outcome of this program will gradually reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment and economically improve the livelihood of E-waste dealers.

These are glimps of E-waste Training workshop held in Sunyani.