With electronic waste being the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, it now poses an urgent environmental, social, and economic challenge that needs to be addressed as a priority. In the context of South Africa, this requires the rapid rollout and development of an industry and network that is currently in an immature state – the collection and recycling of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) – while ensuring that Producers’ environmental compliance obligations are being effectively met.
This is where ERA NPC comes in. As a registered Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO), ERA works to facilitate and implement the country’s regulations relating to the proper disposal and management of electronic waste, as laid out by South Africa’s Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations, which became effective in 2021.
With a longer-term view in mind, ERA accepts the responsibility to deliver on its mandate as an execution vehicle to drive the circular economy within the fastest-growing waste stream, which in turn has the potential for significant positive impact for South Africans – whether through employment, development, or improving quality of lives. Top of mind for ERA is effective governance and the sustainable growth of this WEEE management system in South Africa, which is in alignment with collective aspirations for the country, planet, and people.
Our partnership with the Global WEE Forum provides us access to a wealth of experience and expertise from its 43 member PROs worldwide, serving as a valuable resource.
The ERA WEEE EPR Scheme is a strategic plan for managing electronic waste in South Africa, through collecting levies via an electronic equipment producers membership base, and using such funds to facilitate the infrastructure and network to ensure the proper management and disposal of E-waste in the country, through a multi-pronged approach engaging all key industry stakeholders, as well as ongoing public awareness campaigns to educate and drive behavioural change for South Africa’s population to ensure uptake – ultimately reducing the volume of E-waste making it to landfill.
Here’s how it works:
This structured approach aims to drive effective and legal electronic waste management in the country, building a sustainable future for all South Africans.
In maintaining and forging a culture of strong governance within ERA NPC, ERA has made extensive use of external professionals to provide the necessary checks and balances.
Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd
Nexia SAB & T
SNG Grant Thornton
Meridian Chartered Accountants
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