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WEEE Centre

Social enterprise focusing on recycling of electronic waste (e-waste) from companies, governments, and individuals, training and creating jobs for youth and women in the informal sector as collectors. They refurbish, reuse components, recycles, and disposes of e-waste. Additional services provided including urban mining, device repairs, and data destruction. This Addresses the challenges of minimal recycling of electronic waste in Kenya and Africa and the employment of the informal sector. WEEE Centre is building awareness of e-waste and knowledge on safe disposal.

Innovation

  • WEEE Centre is currently the only licensed e-waste recycler in Kenya.
  • Social enterprise focusing on recycling of electronic waste (e-waste) from companies, governments, and individuals, training and creating jobs for youth and women in the informal sector as collectors.
  • Refurbishes, reuses components, recycles and disposes of e-waste.
  • Additional services provided including urban mining, device repairs and data destruction.
  • Addresses the challenges of minimal recycling of electronic waste in Kenya and Africa (currently only 1% in Kenya is formally recycled; the e-waste market in Africa is valued at £2.3B), and the employment of the informal sector.
  • WEEE Centre is building awareness of e-waste and knowledge on safe disposal.

Key Milestones under KCJF

  • Creation of 87 direct jobs and an additional 2,000 indirect work opportunities (agents) by June 2022 with annual income opportunities of £15-£30 which will increase in future years as waste collection scales.
  • Increase recycling capacity from 50 metric tonnes (MT) today to 200 MT.

About The Founder

Joseph Oliech currently serves as the project manager for WEEE Centre, a national e-waste management facility in Kenya with affiliates in 15 other African countries. An alumnus of Egerton University Kenya where he studied computer science and a member of national e-waste steering committee in Kenya, Joseph has been engaged in e-waste management programs for the last 10 years, with focus on sensitization, setup of recycling schemes and e-waste recycling. He is one of the founding staff of WEEE Centre who pioneered the establishment of the recycling facility. He has so far designed and implemented e-waste collection and recycling programs with 18 corporates and organizations on behalf of WEEE Centre across 6 countries in Africa.

 

Rethabile Moraa is a passionate environmental champion and an e-waste expert, currently engaged in sustainability and circular economy integration projects as well as e-waste management in Africa. She is the former Miss Environment Kenya (2015/16) with a great deal of knowledge in Energy and Environmental Engineering.

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