Nigeria to Establish E-Waste Recycling Plants

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The National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) yesterday said the Federal Government had concluded plans to introduce electronic waste recycling plants across the country.

NESREA's Lagos office co-ordinator, Eunice Eze told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the plants would make it possible for substandard electronics to be transformed into other uses.
"Though government is fighting hard to reduce the importation of substandard electronics, it is also looking at how to recycle e-waste that find their way into this country.

"With such plants in place, health and environmental hazards of the e-waste around us would be effectively managed," she said.

The deputy director of Inspection and Enforcement of the agency said the country needed the plants since it was near impossible for it to stop the importation of electrical electronics.

Eze said with government's approval of the proposal, a feasibility study of areas where the plants would to be sited was on going.

The NESREA official said the agency was currently engaging in the monitoring of imported containers at the Apapa and Tin-Can ports where sorting and segregation was being carried out.

"Because we are a consumer nation, we cannot completely do without importing these products.

"But we should be proactive in the management of the substandard ones by putting them into viable uses," Eze said.

She expressed the optimism that as soon as the plants become operational, heaps of e-waste in open places in cities and villages would be collected and recycled.

She added that apart from ensuring a clean and healthy environment, establishment of the plants would also create employment for young Nigerians.