CREATING A ROAD MAP TOWARDS REDUCING E-WASTE RISK IN THE COUNTY
In its efforts to combat the effects of electronic waste, the county Government through the ICT and e-Government sub-sector has been working on E-waste and disposal Management policy as a framework in achieving it. The department is partnering with that of Lands, Environment, Natural resources and Climate Change to have electronic waste disposal strategies in enhancing safe use, protection of the environment to reduce unfavorable environmental and health impact.
Today a team from Moi University led by Prof. Charles Lagat and Dr. Zurah Chepkoech Mohammed visited the county to discuss on possibility of collaborating and supporting the County in e-waste management. According to Prof. Lagat, Moi University will also be sharing the same initiative with other counties within the region and is looking forward to championing this in Nandi.
Both Nandi County and Moi University have also been independently partnering with Computer For School Kenya (CFSK) and therefore planning to operationalizing the partnership with CFSK WEEE centre for e-waste management. WEEE Centre offers training and safe e-waste disposal services in accordance with the NEMA waste regulations.
Having the legal framework in place and with a substantive agreement for partnership with Moi University and with other potential partners, Nandi county will enhance its electronic safety. The County is also anticipating to setting up an e-waste centre that would be handling these electronic waste have its sources ranging from ICT and Telecommunications, office electronics, Household appliances, Consumer equipment, Toys, Leisure and Sports equipment, lighting, medical equipment, monitoring and control equipment, batteries.
Speaking during the meeting the Chief Officer for ICT and e-Government, Jonathan Misoi, pointed out that the county is ready for such partnerships that brings solution to the impeding problems. He added that the department is creating room for innovations geared towards e-waste management and even further into sensitization & development of skills requisite for the implementation of E-waste management operations.