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A WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is any object powered by an electric or electromagnetic current (supplied by batteries, outlets or batteries). Each year, 50 million tonnes of WEEE, toxic to human health, are generated worldwide, and only 20% of this waste is properly collected and recycled.

 

Since 2014, GLICE has opened in Bujumbura, an Electrical and Electronic Waste (WEEE) management center, respecting the environmental standards in force at national, regional and international levels. The GLICE Center is a system ensuring that waste WEEE is managed in a way that saves natural resources and protects human health and the environment. A total of 293.05 Tons of WEEE has been collected since 2015, including 65 Tons in 2019.

Electronic waste, once collected and sent to the center, is recorded, dismantled, treated and stored in homogeneous categories.  The handling of WEEE is carried out with appropriate tools, containers and fixing means in order to avoid damaging the Electronic Equipment and ensure the safety of users.  Pure fractions such as: iron, copper, aluminum and plastics are revalued locally, in Burundi. Complex fractions such as : flat screens, motherboards, batteries, batteries, etc. are stored in appropriate containers before being sent abroad for recovery and decontamination of this WEEE.

The situation in Burundi with regard to the management of special waste is not satisfactory. Pollution linked to poor sanitation is numerous. GLICE wants to set up a special solid waste management center for electronic waste, biomedical waste and plastics.