A sensitisation workshop on the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for the electrical/electronics sector at the British High Commission residency in Ikoyi, Lagos was organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with Hinckley Associates, United Kingdom Trade and Investment, and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA). It was aimed at creating public awareness for e-waste management.
In citing technological advancement as the cause for the rise in global electronic or e-waste scourge, General/Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lawrence Anukam of NESREA, implied that sustainable production and consumption of electrical equipment would help control e-waste.
Stakeholders’ emphasized that environmental issues are universal and require everyone’s involvement. In supporting government in e-waste management, Mr. Oluyomi Banjo, an environmental expert at the UNIDO Regional Office, listed UNIDO’s mandate to include helping to promote the greening of existing industries and creation of green industries.
A holistic approach to environmental protection has been called for and the need to set up the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO); as well as set up Black Box, Registry and Advisory Council for the full implementation of the ‘EPR’ in the sector.
Furthermore, paeriodic and regular review of legislations, guidelines, standards, policies and regulations and provision of more infrastructures like landfills, treatment plants, incinerators, transfer stations are also being clamoured for.