Samoa: Sustainable E-Waste Management Through PacWastePlus Program

In October last year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to enable an e-waste management project implementation to commence formally in Samoa.

According to information provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the solution to the e-waste problem in Samoa would be addressed by a project partnership between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and SPREP, administered through the European Union (EU) funded PacWastePlus program. The ministry, also with technical support from PacWastePlus, will work towards providing safe e-waste collection, dismantling facilities and incentives to the community to encourage them to return e-waste for recycling, and reducing e-waste deposited into landfills, illegal dumping, and burning.

The Pacific-EU Waste Management Program (PacWastePlus) is a 16.5 million Euro and 72-month project funded by the European Union and implemented by SPREP. It addresses the cost-effective and sustainable management of waste as well as pollution and broader impacts, including human health and wellbeing, climate change, disaster management, biodiversity conservation and resource recovery. Priority waste streams include hazardous wastes (specifically asbestos, e-waste and healthcare waste), solid wastes (specifically recyclables, organic waste, disaster waste and bulky waste), and related aspects of wastewater.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2022, Page 57, Photo: O. Kürth)