TMG assists Jamaica in developing an e-waste framework

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Electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing problem in many countries around the world as the increasing volumes of TVs, computers, mobile phones, and other electronic devices are not being properly disposed of. These devices contain many harmful chemicals and substances that can cause serious health and environmental effects if disposed of incorrectly. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has selected TMG to review Jamaica’s regulatory framework with regard to e-waste and to design a unique e-waste management regulatory framework based the country’s needs, complete with best practices related to e-waste collection, storage, exportation, and reuse policies. To this end, TMG will work closely with key public and private sector stakeholders in Jamaica to assess the current and future volumes and values of e-waste and to identify any gaps in the policies and processes currently being implemented for manage e-waste. The project is expected to be concluded by September 2017 with the drafting of a comprehensive e-waste policy for Jamaica.