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UNEP asks developing countries to take steps on e-waste

BALI, Indonesia, Feb. 22 — The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said on Monday that it had recommended to developing countries to take steps on electronic waste (e-waste) handling so that it would sharply reduce harm to health and environment.

In a report titled "Recycling from E-Waste to Resources" launched in Indonesia's Bali province, the UN's agency recommended to developing countries to establish e-waste management centers of excellence, building on existing organizations working in the area of recycling and waste management.

The report said that developing vibrant national recycling schemes is complex and simply financing and transferring high-tech equipment from developed countries is unlikely to work.

However, it noted a successful pilot project in Bangalore of India in transforming the operations of informal e-waste collection and management.

Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco and South Africa are cited by the report as places with great potential to introduce state-of-the art recycling technologies.

Meanwhile, it said Kenya, Peru, Senegal and Uganda have relatively low e-waste volumes today but likely to grow.

"All four would benefit from capacity building in so-called pre-processing technologies such as manual dismantling of e-waste," said the report.

The report was launched at a meeting of chemical experts prior to the UNEP's Governing Council in Bali's Nusa Dua. (PNA/Xinhua)

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