Up to one million tonnes of e-waste generated in West Africa

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Up to one million tonnes of e-waste is generated in West Africa each year, according to a new report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Friday.

The waste electronic and electrical equipment report known as "Where are WEEE" in Africa, is based on studies conducted in Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria from 2009 to 2011.

Michael Stanlez Jones is UNEP spokesman in Geneva.

"The WEEE report finds that domestic consumption makes up the majority of waste electronic and electrical equipment, weee, produced in the region. Nevertheless it documents an ongoing stream of used equipment from industrialized countries, significant volumes of which prove unsuitable for reuse and thus contribute further to the amount of e-waste generated locally."

UNEP says field investigations in Benin and Côte d'Ivoire have shown that about half of imported used electronic equipment doesn't work and should have been defined as e-waste.

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