15 January 2016

Mauritius: Government Agrees to the Establishment of an E-Wastes Management System

press release

Government has agreed to the proposed establishment of an Electrical and Electronic Wastes (e-Wastes) Management System as recommended by the team of Consultants from the European Union in their report on e-Waste Management.

e-Wastes are classified as hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention to which Mauritius is a party. Mauritius generates about 8,000 tons of e-wastes annually, and the presence of heavy metals, including lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium make them hazardous.

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. Because technology advances at such a high rate, many electronic devices become "trash" after a few short years of use.

In fact, whole categories of old electronic items contribute to e-waste such as VCRs being replaced by DVD players, and DVD players being replaced by blu-ray players. E-waste is created from anything electronic: computers, TVs, monitors, cell phones, PDAs, VCRs, CD players, fax machines, printers, etc.

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