The fast growing use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and rapid turn-over in technology is creating a growing e-waste stream not only in industrialized but also in developing countries like Tanzania.
The challenge of e-waste is even of greater concern in developing countries because most of these countries lack the capacity for handling and recycling the hazardous materials contained in e-waste. This leads to disposal of both e-waste and municipal waste in dumpsites hence polluting the environment and creating health risks to the nearby community and the population at large.
The CPCT provides guidance on Electronic waste management. CPCT is the first institution in Tanzania to conduct E-waste assessment study under UNIDO project e-waste initiative for Tanzania in 2010/2011, which leads to formalization and establishment of the e-waste dismantling and refurbishment facility at the Country. The center has adequate E-waste management experts who participates in several initiatives to foster develoment of a sustainable e-waste management system in Tanzania including formulation of e-waste policy and regulations as well as development of existing e-waste standard.CPCT is a member of National E-waste Steering Committee in Tanzania.
Major services offered by the CPCT with regards to E-waste
- E-waste Assessment Studies
- Training and Capacity Building on E-waste
- Research and Feasibility studies