Nigeria is the third largest generator of e-waste in Africa, contributing 12% to the total volume, with 288,000 metric tonnes in 2017 alone.

And according to this new report by Green Compass Recycling, Nigeria is the headquarters as it is the destination of 90% of e-waste illegally imported to Africa.

The report entitled, ‘e-Waste Recycling’s Contribution to a Circular Economy’, which was presented at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group stakeholders’ workshop in Lagos, identified Nigeria as the third largest generator of e-waste in Africa, contributing 12% to the total volume, with 288,000 metric tonnes in 2017 alone.

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According to the Founder, Green Compass Recycling, Christian Wessels, volumes of e-waste in Nigeria are rising above population growth levels, due to rising per capita incomes.

Wessels said there was a need for e-Waste recycling industry in Nigeria to tie in with the traditional trading and recycling structures due to the detrimental effects that growing waste levels have on the environment and informal sector workers.

He noted that approximately 80% of electronic goods imported in Africa were second-hand.

“E-waste contains valuable fractions, which upon processing, can be traded locally and internationally. The impact of recycling businesses will be leveraged even further through awareness creation and innovation,” Wessels added.

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