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Planning: Egypt launches the first digital e-waste collection platform

The National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, the training arm of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, held an awareness session on “sustainable e-waste management” with the aim of raising awareness of e-waste management practices and their effects on health and the environment, and introducing methods for the safe disposal of e-waste, persistent organic pollutants, heavy and toxic metals in e-waste .


Dr. Sharifa Sharif, Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, explained that the symposium comes in light of legal procedures and environmental and health requirements for handling and managing hazardous waste, with the aim of protecting human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants resulting from waste combustion.


Sherif indicated that the session included a review of the Egyptian state’s experience in the field of recycling, as Egypt launched the first application for electronic waste collection E-Tadweer, which is the first national digital platform that supports the supply chains of the recycling industry, as well as reducing the environmental impact of e-waste pollution on the environment. Noting that through the platform, anyone can upload a picture of the e-waste that can be collected.


The awareness session on “Sustainable E-Waste Management” was presented by Hoda Shakra, Director of Industry and External Relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and Heba El-Baz, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Institute of National Planning, chaired the session; Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development.


The session discussed several topics, including the relationship of e-waste to sustainable development, and their relationship to achieving the goals of Egypt’s Vision 2030, the state’s strategy to enhance the added value of waste of all kinds, transform it into benefits and reduce its impact on health of workers and the environment, and safe e-waste recycling methods.