An E-Waste Recycling Partnership Initiative

Welcome to WEEE are iLembe, an initiative dedicated to building awareness and partnerships around e-waste (electronic waste) and e-waste recycling in the iLembe District and surrounding areas.

What Is WEEE?

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, and it refers to any electrical and electronic device that is no longer wanted or needed. This can include things like phones, laptops, TVs, appliances, lighting, batteries ‌and anything that runs on a battery or electricity. Other interchangeable terms for this kind of waste include “electronic waste” or “e-waste”.

It is illegal in South Africa to dispose of e-waste in landfills

At WEEE are iLembe, we understand the importance of e-waste recycling. Not only does it prevent harmful chemicals from entering the environment, but it also allows for products to be refurbished and kept in circulation and the recovery of valuable materials that can be reused in new products. That’s why we’re working hard to raise awareness about the importance of proper e-waste disposal and recycling.

Only 10% of e-waste is recycled in South Africa.

Turning Waste Into
Resources For Development

Why You Should Recycle

Electronic waste contains harmful materials that can pollute the environment and pose a risk to human health. By recycling, you are preventing these materials from ending up in landfills and reducing your impact on the environment.

Join the Cause

Getting involved is easy! We offer a variety of resources to help you get started, including a list of e-waste drop-off sites, collectors and recyclers, and tips on how to properly dispose of electronic devices.

Value chain partners, such as e-waste collectors and recyclers, play a critical role in managing electronic waste safely and responsibly at all times. By ensuring that your e-waste is channelled into the hands of compliant recyclers, you can make a difference.

Together, we can stop e-waste from becoming a serious problem in the future and ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for generations to come.

Join us in our mission to build a cleaner and more sustainable future for South Africa.

Waste Management in iLembe

Waste management services, including the collection, transport and disposal of waste, is the responsibility of the local government in South Africa. Local government is also responsible for facilitating recycling and supporting the growth of the recycling industry.

However, waste collection in iLembe is limited to mainly urban areas. Only a third (32.5%) of households in iLembe receive a weekly waste collection service, while 48% of households use their ‘own refuse dump.’ Although recycling is taking place in the district, large volumes of potentially recyclable materials are ending up in landfills. This includes WEEE, which has been banned from landfills in South Africa since August 2021.

Only 32.5% of households receive a weekly waste collection

Opportunities in iLembe

WEEE are iLembe aims to collaborate with different groups to identify ways to increase e-waste recycling.

Together, we can identify new ideas and create new projects that will help.

The WEEE value chain diagram shows the relationship between the main stakeholders in the iLembe WEEE industry and the opportunities that exist to support growth in the industry.

WEEE Value Chain in iLembe