The project E- MAGIN aims to improve the management of e- waste in Ghana towards Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) through an integrated multi-stakeholder approach while promoting sustainable growth, alleviating poverty, increasing human well-being and preventing environmental pollution.
Ghana faces growing amounts of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste) which contain harmful substances and pose a risk to the environment and human health. Part of this problem can be attributed to the (often illegal) influx of second-hand products which are either entirely dysfunctional by the time of import or become obsolete after a short period of time. Reaching the end of life, these products are predominantly managed by Ghana’s wide-spread informal sector. Crude processing techniques and a lack of decent working conditions result in considerable environmental pollution and adversely affect the physical well-being of the local population.
The Government of Ghana passed the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act (Act 917) and the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Regulations (LI 2250) in 2016. This legal framework requires producers and private importers to register with Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and pay an Advance Eco Levy for electronic goods imported. Collected funds are used to facilitate implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the legal framework and support the formalization of informal actors.
E- MAGIN will contribute to the effective implementation of the Ghana's Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control & Management Act, Act 917 and LI 2250 by
- fostering formalisation of informal MSMEs into the e-waste management value chain
- facilitating the establishment of E-waste collection centres
- disseminating best practices through capacity building and training
- providing decision-making support and creating awareness among the key target groups
In the focus of the project are actors all along the value chain of electronical waste, among them policy makers and regulatory authorities, businesses, informal waste collectors, Informal & formal recyclers and processors and many others.
The project is built around 5 Work Packages. To find out more about the Work Packages, follow the Link in the menu.