The project is built around 5 Work Packages; all of them will be completed by the end of 2021.
The first work package includes a value chain assessment for e- waste in Ghana and a best practise analysis. Interviews with representatives of best- practise initiatives and studies of MSMES in the target region will be conducted. The results will be presented in a value chain assessment report and a best- practise compendium report. The collected data will be fed in reports and those will be the basis for any further actions and work packages.
Second will be the creation and reactivation of Trade Associations, as a first step towards formalizing the e- waste management sector. Across the target regions 8 MSME associations will be reactivated or, if not already in place, freshly created. All of them will be registered with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), thus a legal status under the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control Management Act 2016, Act 917 will be secured. 120 MSME collectors, dismantlers and recyclers will sign agreements to comply with regulations that ensure that e-waste collected by participating MSMEs is stored, disassembled or recycled under decent EHS conditions. Three cross- regional events will held to accompany the formalization activities.
The third work package focusses on the (Re-) establishment of collection centres, which not only includes an increase in the recycling capacities, but also further formalization (registration with EPA) and a significant improvement of the working conditions of 400 people employed in the sector (health insurance cover via registered recyclers). A total of 40 collection centres and take back schemes will be implanted with a capacity of the collection and preparation for close- loop- reuse or recycling of 500 MT E- waste. Three workshops will support the activities and provide information and guidance to the targeted entrepreneurs regarding the financial, physical and logistical requirements for establishing take-back systems and safe collection centres for storage and administration of e-waste.