E-waste Awareness: A Deep Dive into iLembe’s Recycling Potential

Close-up of electronic cables and multi-pin connectors, part of the intricate e-waste that requires proper recycling

In a focused attempt to promote better recycling habits, Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) closely examined how electronic waste is handled in the iLembe District by undertaking a household e-waste survey. Their findings revealed important gaps in knowledge and behaviours around e-waste, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This study points towards a more eco-friendly […]

Understanding WEEE: Categories, Characteristics, Challenges and Opportunities

WEEE pictured in a heap, including old cameras, phones and much more.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), or e-waste is a growing concern in our modern digital era. But did you know that WEEE recycling is much more complex than other waste streams? That’s because it’s a broad waste stream that encompasses various types of electronic products, each with unique materials, values, and challenges. This blog […]

Advancing E-Waste Recycling in South Africa: The WEEE are iLembe Partnership Begins 

According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, 53,6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste (also known as e-waste or WEEE) were produced globally in 2019 alone. That’s equal to about 500,000 Blue Whales. Contributing to it’s share of the mounting crisis, South Africa generates about 6.2 kilogrammes of e-waste per person every year. However, despite […]

Municipal Recycling Facilities

Most local municipalities in iLembe have a municipal recycling facility (either a drop-off or buy-back centre) in the early stages of being established.

By-Law Harmonisation

A study was done in 2022 to assess the policies and by-laws of the iLembe district and family of local municipalities, which found that e-waste is not sufficiently represented in local policies and by-laws.

WEEE Research

A primary research study is being undertaken with households and businesses in iLembe.

WEEE Awareness

A campaign is being developed to enhance WEEE awareness throughout the entire iLembe area and beyond.