ERA Goals and Objectives

ERA was established as a Product Responsibility Organisation to regulate and develop a progressive E-Waste industry in South Africa with the objective of ensuring that South Africa has an effective and sustainable E-Waste Management System and Plan.  The ERA objectives (in summary) are the following:

  1. Define the obligations and expectations of all stakeholders involved in the effective and efficient management of E-Waste in accordance with the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle and safe disposal” principles.
  2. Conduct detailed recycling cost and value assessment to better understand and accurately determine recycling subsidies.
  3. Support, in practical ways, the effective implementation of the E-Waste IndWMP by setting up the appropriate governance and management structures.
  4. Advance a cradle to cradle management approach for E-Waste that follows the waste management hierarchy and pursues best practice in the treatment (recycling) of E-Waste.
  5. Develop local E-Waste treatment and assist those processors recovering manufacturing raw material from E-Waste, including the development of markets for material recycled from E-Waste, research and development into recycling technologies and the provision of financial assistance.
  6. Develop an effective E-Waste Management System, including the registration of role-players, the provision of adequate infrastructure and logistical support for all involved in the E-Waste management process.  This includes creating a supply chain of E-Waste businesses from grassroots operations to large-scale recyclers; provide financial support where necessary; provide E-Waste recycling enterprises with technical and enterprise training and support; and the stimulation of markets for such recycled and recovered products.
  7. Support government’s environmental, economic and social objectives and implement the DEA waste management mandate, specifically as it relates to…
    • Promotion of the waste hierarchy;
    • Maximising landfill diversion of E-Waste and using toxic landfill facilities for disposal of E-Waste if necessary;
    • Fulfilling the conditions of the Basel Convention which allows for the trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste under controlled conditions
    • Maximum local beneficiation of E-Waste in order to stimulate enterprise and job creation
    • Maximising legal recovery of value fractions and elements contained in E-Waste
  1. Develop a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the volume of EEE product imported and locally manufactured, new and second-hand, that is placed on the South African market.
  2. Make the necessary provisions for the maximum beneficiation of E-Waste and the minimal environmental, health and safety impact arising from the processing and recycling of E-Waste.
  3. Support the application of the EU ROHS and seek to ensure that local and international EEE producers adhere to their obligations with regard to the materials and substances used in their manufacture processes.
  4. Ensure that all importers and local manufacturers of EEE contribute towards the cost of sound E-Waste management in South Africa.
  5. Develop a comprehensive and accurate understanding of all the role-players in the E-Waste recycling challenge and define how they should / can contribute towards the challenges and opportunities presented by the responsible management of the country’s E-Waste.
  6. Facilitate and develop the infrastructure and other enabling parameters to achieve the desired outcomes of sound E-Waste management in the country.  This involves plotting a course of action for tracking and guiding the collection of household and corporate E-Waste and their E-Waste disposal practices; promoting refurbishment and reuse practices and standards; and promoting control and accountability for recycling of E-Waste.
  7. Develop the necessary information and data tracking systems that needs to anchor the above stated objectives with due regard to EEE producers’ and E-Waste recyclers market share confidentiality and the imperative of discouraging uncompetitive practices among either set of stakeholders.
  8. Ensure that an E-Waste management system is implemented with adequate participation of all stakeholders.
  9. Develop an adequate budget and resource Plan to set an equitable and appropriate E-Waste management levy to be paid by EEE producers.
  10. Ensure that education and awareness programmes are designed and/or supported that inform all EEE consumers of their responsibilities in managing E-Waste properly and develop the key messages for educating consumers as well as ensure that there is uniform branding and signage for registered stakeholder collection points.
  11. Ensure that regular and relevant reports are provided to stakeholders and the DEA with regards to the total amount of waste collected and treated by category including the material state of the recycled output, type of recycled output and the destination of the recycled output.
  12. Set collection, transport, end-use recycling/processing and recycling (pre-processing) standards for E-Waste services in line with global standards and If necessary, ensure that corrective action is taken by stakeholders who are in breach of their conditions of registration / accreditation.
  13. ERA will establish a 5-year IndWMP with programmes to promote sustainable enterprise development with regard to:
    • E-Waste industry growth
    • E-Waste recycling technology and plant development
    • Setting incremental targets towards maximising compliant E-Waste collection and recycling
    • Promoting the waste hierarchy