E-waste Collection System and Management Development Program

Mar 10, 2011

A workshop, supported by UNDP was held on March 7th, 2011 by the Ministry of Environment taking part in the pilot phase of the "E-waste Collection System and Management Development Program" attended by representatives of the related parties as well as representatives of the Private Sector and the civil society organizations.

This meeting aims at discussing the outcomes of the "National Assessment Report" which was prepared by the expert Ziad al Alawneh, also to discuss the draft of the program′s document, which will be funded throughout the Basel Convention.

Dr. Mohammed al Khashashneh the director of the Directorate of Hazard Substances and Waste Management at Ministry of Environment had had opened the meeting on behalf of the Environment Minister Dr. Taher al Shakhsheer, pointing out the importance of this project in the light of the progression of the E-industry and information technology which is considered as one of the fastest improving industries in the world. Thus, as electronic and electric devices are being used, they will inevitably turn into expired devices, or what is called electronic and electric waste. Giving the fact that these devices contain extremely dangerous, imperative and rare substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, lithium, selenium, gold, silver, copper and many others, they are categorized as hazardous waste and should be handled with special precautions as to achieve safe management.
Moreover, the ministry is nationally committed towards activating the rules and regulations regarding collection and disposition of the waste, assured Al Khashashneh, indicating that the ministry is looking forward to see the results of this pilot phase in addition to coming out with recommendations and a work plan, as this is the main purpose.

Furthermore, Mrs. Maha al Zu′bi the Environment Analyst at UNDP pointed out that Jordan was chosen to join the pilot phase among four other countries on an Global level. Throughout this phase the legislative and legal frame will be reviewed as well as scanning this waste in order to measure the quantities in the light of the increased consuming, which by it′s turn must lead to increased e-waste, some of it is good to use and some is completely damaged, along with the fact that Jordan is one country that imports used electronics, which eventually increases its e-waste quantity, which requires immediate action, with special handling as to recycle and dispose of securely.

This program, which will be supported by the UNDP and implemented by Ministry of Environment within the frame of the Basel Convention that seeks to lessen and prevent the repercussions and damages of hazardous waste and recycling it in a way that does not cost the environment nor the human life any price, aims at diminishing environmental and health related problems that occur as a result of using wrong methods while disposing of the e-waste, furthermore, to involve environmental issues and cases with the national plans.

Jordan has joined this pilot phase with the support of the Basel Convention and the UNDP, in the company of a number of countries that seek to achieve the same objective such as Burkina Faso, Serbia and The Salvador.

The outcomes of this meeting will be presented in June in Washington, during the meeting that will be held to initiate the partnership as to dispose of and manage the invalid computers safely, which in it′s part lays a responsibility upon our shoulders to ensure the success of the program which is considered to be a first in the region and through which the ministry will coordinate with all the related parties to outline the national efforts in this field, including Greater Amman Municipality and the Private Sector and the municipalities.

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