Partnership tackles e-waste

Samoa has become the first Pacific country to work with Hewlett Packard (H.P.) in tackling the problem with electronic wastes (e-waste).

Yesterday, Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) Limited together with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E) and H.P, launched their “HP take back e-waste” partnership.

In partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P), the goal is to tackle the rising problem of electronic-waste in Samoa.

SSAB’s President and owner, Tofilau Fiti Leung-Wai said as the biggest importers of electronic appliances and white-ware products in Samoa, they need to play a major role in minimising and recycling e-waste to protect Samoa’s pristine environment.

“It is clear that e-waste poses a danger to our environment and our health, we then commit to act and act now if we are to improve and minimize the dangers of e-waste from our community,” she said.

She said they had to engage the help of other organizations to help them tackle the problem. 

The programme will provide 100 hard cardboard boxes, which were donated by HP New Zealand to collect e-waste, which will then be shipped back to New Zealand for recycling, all paid for by HP.

M.N.R.E. chief executive officer Ulu Bismarck Crawley acknowledged SSAB’s efforts, saying Government is impressed with the historic movement initiated by S.S.A.B. and HP New Zealand as well as for the continuous support of S.P.R.E.P.

“E-waste contains hazardous constituents that may eventually impact the environment and affect human health if not properly managed,” Ulu said. 

“The partnership is a clear indication of good collaboration between our government, private sector overseas suppliers with the extended mutual responsibility initiatives and we greatly encourage and support this partnership.”

Director of Environmental Monitoring and Governance of S.P.R.E.P, Easter Galuvao said: “Instead of using and disposing products and materials which generates a large amount of waste, and associating with health, economic, and environmental problems, resources are however kept in use for as long as possible and products and materials are potentially recovered and regenerated at end of each service life.”

Electronic waste includes discarded electronic appliances such as mobile phones, computers, and televisions and collection of e-waste in Samoa is starting off with HP toners and ink cartridges, within Government Ministries.

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