By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News
March 30, 2016
Forbes magazine urges India to lean on market incentives as a tool to encourage proper recycling, and Cambodia unveils rules aimed at combating electronics dumping.
India: A contributor to Forbes argues that India should use market-incentives to encourage the proper recycling of e-scrap. Tim Worstall writes that consumers should be required to pay a mandatory fee when they buy electronics, and the fee would then go to licensed recycling companies when they receive material, thus providing a financial incentive to move e-scrap from the informal sector into safe recycling operations.
Zanzibar: Government officials warned of the impacts of e-scrap disposal in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous group of islands off the coast of East Africa that has no recycling infrastructure. Tanzania-based The Daily News reports the area imports many used electronics and appliances, and a 2011 effort to restrict imports failed because low-income residents rely on the supply of used equipment.
Cambodia: The government of Cambodia released new regulations banning e-scrap imports and requiring recycling companies receive approval from the Environment Ministry to operate, according to The Phnom Penh Post. The move aims to cut down on illegal dumping in the country, which imports high levels of electronics for disassembly before exporting components to other Asian countries.