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Waste Management – Activities

Demonstration/Pilot Projects – Specific Waste Streams

E-waste Management in the Phnom Penh Municipality

Based on the situation of E-waste handling in Phnom Penh, UNEP-DTIE-IETC carried out in 2009 a pilot project on E-waste inventorization and E-waste management, including recovery of valuable materials, to build the local capacity at national and local government level and at small businesses and private sector.

The methodology followed during the project was through a series of activities as presented below:

  1. Training program using the E-waste manuals developed by UNEP: "E-Waste Vol. 1: Inventory Assessment Manual" (PDF 1.7MB) and "E-Waste Vol. 2: E-waste Management Manual" (PDF 2.2MB)

  2. Inventory of E-waste including not only the assessment and quantification and characterization of E-waste in Phnom Penh but the technical assistance required to institutionalize E-waste inventory and its updating with Phnom Penh City Government.

  3. Study of E-waste recycling structure and its capacity, together with the E-waste toxic footprint and feasibility of the level of treatment of E-waste in the formal sector in Phnom Penh City.

  4. Design of pilot project for E-waste storage, collection and transportation system including the study of consumer behavior for these activities, assessing the existing infrastructure and pilot testing of E-waste storage, collection and transportation system using existing infrastructure.

  5. Identification of best practices and enabling policy/ regulatory requirement to ensure that E-waste management including collection, transportation, and treatment and disposal system includes possibilities of public private partnership.

  6. Identification of stakeholders (manufacturing industry) and initiating a dialogue with them to involve them in future work related to EPR/e-design of key electronic components (e.g. computers – keyboard manufacturers).

  7. Dissemination of the project experiences, including guidelines and E-waste Plan for Phnom Penh City, at national level to help other cities to develop their own plans based on local data.

The findings of the project have been presented in the following reports: