Stop POPs by Making the Right Choice

May 8, 2017

Resident in Guangba Road community is listening to the staff explaining the process of e-waste recycling.

April 27 Wuhan---To increase an understanding of the environmental benefits of disposing of e-wastes through qualified dismantling companies a public awareness raising event was organized at Guangba Road community in Hubei. The event co-hosted by the E-waste management project, Hubei provincial environmental protection bureau and the project demonstration companies on April 27th.

In total, 400 residents participated in the awareness raising activity. The project staff distributed brochures and souvenirs to engage the participants with the benefits recycling and proper utilization.  The event was a huge success with a feedback survey of 102 participants stating that 99 percent are now willing to dispose of their e-waste through regulated channels and qualified companies in the future and contribute towards environmental protection.

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As the world largest e-waste processor, China’s electronic waste and electric equipment (WEEE) production reached 3.5 million tons in 2011 and the number is growing due to continued growing economy. Nevertheless, the majority of WEEE and components are collected and processed primarily through informal resource recovery and recycling sector that adopting un-environmental friendly techniques which led to the release of significant Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Persistent Toxic Substances (PTS) that are harmful to life on earth, and further contributed to air, land and water contamination.

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Together with Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Environmental Protection (FECO/MEP), the United Nations Development Programme China has been implementing a successful E-Waste Management project since 2012. The E-waste project is a Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded Environmentally Sound Management Throughout the Life Cycle of Electronic Equipment and Associated Wastes initiative aims to address the e-waste management issue through development and implementation of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) based system for e-waste. During the past 5 years, the project has been working on shaping the e-waste recycling, dismantling, treatment and final disposal processes in order to control the POPs and PTS release, helping China fulfil the requirement of the Stockholm Convention. 

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