Supporting Sustainable Development in Ethiopia
Since 2007, Cascade has been involved in a project to support electronics reuse and recycling in Ethiopia. Cascade's CEO has visited the country on five different occassions to help set up a demanufacturing facility to process e-waste generated from inside Ethiopia. In an effort to address the well documented problem of e-waste management in developing countries, this demanufacturing facility is designed to serve as a demonstration of how to properly process and manage e-waste in Africa.
It hasn't been an easy process. At the start of this project, there were no regulations in Ethiopia related to e-waste management. In addition, there were no responsible treatment facilities in east Africa for the hazardous components of e-Waste, specifically the leaded CRT glass, mercury lamps from LCDs, batteries and circuit boards. Part of the project involves working with government regulators and industry to develop the infrastructure to support a sustainable and responsible e-waste management industry.
The project has involved a wide number of stakeholders, including the US EPA, World Bank, United Nations University, UNIDO, StEP Initiative, Digital Partnership and IBLF.
Learn more about the project by reviewing the following resources:
- United Nations University review of project, 05-24-2013 - includes links to related research papers.
- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visit to Ethiopia Demanufacturing Center - February, 2011.
- Presentation about Ethiopia Project, by US EPA, 3-21-2013
- e-Waste Country Study, PAN-Ethiopia and UNIDO, 5-2-2013
Watch a YouTube video about the project
recorded by Cascade, 2011