A two-year study by the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa (BCCC Africa) and United Nations University (UNU) into the final destination of e-waste has determined that at least 15,400 metric tonnes of non-functioning used electronic and electrical equipment (UEEE) was shipped to Nigeria between 2015 and 2016. This is a direct violation of international law (the Basel Convention) which prohibits exporting of UEEE.
Approximately three-quarters of the UEEE originated from European ports, however the UK was responsible for approximately 20% by weight. The majority had been hidden in vehicles that avoid inspections and functionality tests. None of whom incurred any punishment over the two-year period. The study concludes that regulations in Nigeria and the EU must be strengthened.
The study findings reinforce the importance of tracability in any supply chain, and duty of care responsibilities when disposing of any WEEE or passing on UEEE. Ensure your suppliers can provide evidence of secure, safe and legal disposal routes.
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