USE-IT has initiated the development of an electronic waste (e-waste) refurbishment and recycling centre in KwaZulu-Natal.
The e-waste refurbishment and recycling centre will house a refurbishment centre, a dismantling centre, a dismantling unit specially designed for Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors that are found in computers, cable stripping units, plastic casing granulators, and compactors and grinders, which are required for the other e-waste components. The specialised equipment that is needed to dismantle e-waste is expensive and this dedicated USE-IT centre will enable all the different types of e-waste and different components to be dismantled under one roof and be sent off for waste beneficiation projects.
We have also created an industry networking group, focusing on several elements needed to address each of the requirements for establishing a closed-loop e-waste system for the province. This incorporates provincial government departments wanting to lead by example and use their influence (and a multitude of discarded IT equipment) to help create a sustainable solution.