Technology & Convergence - In Brief
In Kenya, the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) is set to anchor the recently drafted guidelines controlling the collection, disposal and recycling of electronic waste into the law books. The regulations will slap a levy of between two and five per cent of the value of electronic goods sold in the country and the proceeds will be used to run the institution charged with collection of electronic waste. The proposed law will address the unique challenge of managing electronic waste such as obsolete or damaged radios, TV sets, computers, and mobile phones. Technology giants Nokia and Microsoft have voiced their support for the new levy on what analysts say will see them cut on their recycling costs, besides boosting their credentials as environmentally friendly business. Source: Victor Juma, February 3, 2011.