A new modern electronic waste recycling facility has been opened in Bugesera Industrial Park.
Spearheaded by the ministry of trade and industry in partnership with Rwanda Green Fund (Fonerwa), an investment close to $1.5 million (Rwf 1.26 billion) was mobilized to fund a project that provided for the design and implementation of a national e-waste management strategy, including the establishment of a recycling facility.
The key objectives of the project include developing a strategy for e-waste management, standards for e-waste and a review of the policy and legal framework for e-waste management in Rwanda; establishing the relevant infrastructure and network for the collection, dismantling and recycling of e-waste and promoting employment opportunities, especially for youth and women, offered by the responsible management of e-waste; as well as creating awareness on the need for sustainable management of e-waste to avoid negative impacts on public health and the environment.
As the project comes to an end and the e-waste facility is operational, an official launch of the facility was held in Bugesera Industrial Park, attended by the Ministers of Trade and Industry and of Environment.
Trade Minister Vincent Munyeshyaka commended the work done by all the project partners to ensure that the key outcomes are met. He reiterated the importance of the facility as it will revolutionize industrial practice across the country and preserve the environment in sustainable manner.
Environment Minister Vincent Biruta said that the e-waste facility is testament to the clear vision that Rwanda has for its development: clean and green growth. With the goal to be a developed, climate-resilient and low-carbon economy by 2050, this facility has already become an example of what’s possible, not just across the continent but around the world.
“We are well aware that e-waste is already a serious problem in many countries around the world. Not only does e-waste cause significant damage to our natural environment, but it also severely threatens the health and wellbeing of people. Like air pollution, e-waste is a human-made problem, and it requires a concerted and coordinated response,” Biruta said.
The project facilitated the development of a national e-waste management policy, a five-year strategic plan, an e-waste law and relevant regulations, e-waste technical guidelines and two standards on e-waste developed in partnership with the Rwanda Standards Board.
The Rwanda Green Fund and the Ministry of Trade and Industry saw the potential of transformational change in an e-waste strategy, associated laws and a world-class recycling facility that will boost industrial best practices in preserving environment and steering the country towards green growth.