IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF E-WASTE IN SAMOA
IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF E-WASTE IN SAMOA
E-waste management is a serious issue due to the hazardous component of the items and the limited infrastructures in Pacific Islands countries to safely handle it. Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is utilising PacWastePlus Investment to introduce an E-Waste take back system in the country that will allow for the collection, safe dismantling, export, and recycling of End-Of-Life electronic products.
Without viable options for recovery/recycling of End-of-Life Electronics in Samoa, E-Waste is currently landfilled, burnt, or illegally dumped resulting in environmental contamination & pollution placing Samoa’s local communities at risk.
What is the Samoa Project About?
The Samoa PacWastePlus project aims to improve the sustainable management of e-waste in Samoa through the following key outputs/activities:
• Strengthening policy & legislation: Develop E-waste Policy & Regulation
• Increased community awareness program: Develop National Education & Awareness (i.e., strengthen environmental and health impact of improper E-Waste disposal & the new collection system for E-Waste
• Establish dismantling and storage facility for safe handling, storage & proper disposal
• Training on e-waste dismantling (i.e., support circular economy & job creation)
Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment seeks to have an effective and self-funding solution for the collection and recycling of e-waste and to enable the collection, dismantling, and export of electronic waste.
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Project Partners Coordinate E-Waste Management Initiatives
Samoa’s commitment towards improving e-waste management will be boosted as the PacWastePlus programme supports MNRE with the construction of an e-waste dismantling and storage facility while the GEF ISLANDS programme will be supporting the construction of an e-waste learning centre to provide capacity building and training opportunities to the community...
Samoa National Officer for PacWastePlus Programme and GEF ISLANDS Project Profile
Ms Lisa Punivalu-Anae National Officer for PacWastePlus Programme and GEF ISLANDS Project Samoa I am a Civil Engineer by profession and worked as part of the team at IPA Engineering & Management Consultants since graduating from Victoria University, Australia in 2010. Within IPA, I am predominantly working together with...
Samoa Plans Implementation Actions on E-waste Management Project
E-WASTE generation is an issue in the Pacific and Samoa. It is driven by ambitious economic developments, the diversified nature of products, and the rapid pace of technological change in our lifestyles. A study conducted in 2013 under the initial PacWaste Project determined that the most significant generators of e-waste...
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Asbestos Management Brief: SAMOA
The PacWastePlus Regional Asbestos Project will support countries in executing solutions, both legislative and policy-driven, to prevent exposure to asbestos fibre, and thereby reduce asbestos-related diseases. This document provides guidance for Samoa to progress work on the development and implementation of a National ACM ban with this resource providing background information, identifying policy and legislative options available.
Samoa Project Profile – Improving Management of E-waste: Collection, safe dismantling, export, and recycling of End-Of-Life electronic products
Samoa is utilising allocated PacWastePlus investment to design and implement an e-waste Take-Back system in order to reduce pollution and its resulting environmental and health impacts. To address the management of E-Waste, Samoa chooses to introduce sustainable financing legislation, design and implement an e-waste take back system, facilitate training on safe e-waste handling and dismantling, construct an e-waste dismantling and storage facility.
PacWastePlus Project Snapshot – Samoa
There are two landfills in Samoa, each located on one of the two main islands. Waste collection services are provided to communities on the four inhabited islands of Upolu, Savaii, Manono, and Apolima. Waste collection in urban areas is frequent – twice a week for general waste but not as frequent in rural areas. Despite these services, waste is still commonly illegally dumped or burnt. The government provides a quarterly bulky waste collection service. The private sector provides some recycling services, collecting items such as aluminum and scrap metal for export.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- By 2023, have created a strong and sustainable legislative environment in Samoa for the long-term operation of an e-waste management system, assigning responsibilities to a relevant government department, private sector agencies ro enable the active and effective management of e-waste.
- By 2023, have an effective e-waste recovery system operating in Samoa with efficient infrastructure support and an active, engaged partnership between government and the private sector.
- By 2023, have an informed and engaged community with an increased understanding of the importance of waste management, and knowledge of how to appropriately manage end-of-life electronics.
- Unsustainable practices: E-Waste is currently landfilled, burnt, or illegally dumped resulting in environmental contamination & pollution placing Samoa’s local communities at risk.
- No national management scheme (ie. collection, safe handling & storage space & recycling) despite small-scale development in partnership with key stakeholders eg. SWRMA
- E-Waste currently used up landfill space (Improve landfill management)
- Legal framework established for the sound management of e-waste in Samoa.
- E-waste treatment facility established for processing.
- Improved knowledge on e-waste safe dismantling.
- Support job creation in the face of Covid-19.
- A fully established electronic recovery system that is sustainably managed that captures, processes and recovers 100% of electric and electronic waste (EEEW) that is at the end of life.