Kenya: E-waste dilemma over fake phone switch-off

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CCK has set September 30 as the deadline to switch off counterfeit handsets in Kenya. This is expected to affect at least 2.3 million handsets. According to the report, the impact of chemical misuse will continue to be felt acutely by developing economies in the coming decades as chemical production shifts to these countries.
Weak regulations that do not restrict trade and production of these chemicals will exacerbate the situation.
Kenya is seeking a safe way of disposing of electronic waste that is likely to flood the country after the planned switch-off of fake mobile phones on September 30.

According to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema), the country does not have the resources needed to handle the expected flow of fake electronics.

“We are talking with the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) on how to deal with fake phones. First, we will have to devise a way to collect and store them safely,” Nema director general Geoffrey Wahungu said.

 He said there was an option of shipping out the gadgets to West African states where such facilities are available.

CCK has set September 30 as the deadline to switch off counterfeit handsets in Kenya. This is expected to affect at least 2.3 million handsets.