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Embedding Reduction of E-Waste in the Manufacturing Process: Harvesting for Reuse

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The escalating annual generation of waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) in the European Union (EU) and Singapore has emerged as a critical concern, representing one of the fastest-growing waste streams. This category encompasses a diverse array of devices, ranging from mobile phones, computers, and televisions to medical devices and photovoltaic panels.

E-waste, characterised by a complex mixture of materials, including hazardous substances, poses substantial environmental and health risks. Furthermore, contemporary electronics harbour rare and expensive resources, including critical raw materials, which could be salvaged through efficient recycling and re-use practices.

This panel discussion seeks to underscore the urgency of enhancing the collection, treatment, and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment at the end of their life cycle, aligning with the overarching goal of transitioning towards a circular economy.

In Singapore, the National Environment Agency (NEA) enforces e-waste management guided by the Resource Sustainability Act (RSA). ALBA E-waste Smart Recycling Pte Ltd is the designated Producer Responsibility Scheme (PRS) Operator, overseeing consumer Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) waste. Regulations such as the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive), also in the EU, mandate the separate collection and proper treatment of e-waste, prescribing targets for its collection, recovery, and recycling.

During this event, participants will gain insights into e-waste management regulations from Singapore’s leading authorities in the field. The event offers a unique platform for attendees to hear firsthand from companies actively addressing the e-waste challenge. Furthermore, it serves as a forum to explore opportunities and strategies for increasing proper disposal practices.