Dakar, Senegal. June 27, 2023 – GGGI provided equipment to help enhance the electronic dismantling capacity of the national IT company Société Sénégal Numérique S.A (SENUM) as part of the project called Green Secondary Cities Wastewater, Solid Wastes, and WEEE Management through Sustainable Business Models for Recycling and Valorization in Senegal.
The project, funded by the Government of Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, was implemented over four years in three sites (Dakar, Tivavouane, and Touba), focusing on three waste components (Plastic, wastewater, and electronic waste). To learn more about the project, click here.
The official asset handover ceremony took place at SENUM’s Colobane premises with attendees, including representatives from the Senegal Department of State for the Environment and Sustainable Development (DEEC), the Embassy of Luxembourg, GGGI Senegal, the Department of Climate Change (DEEC) of the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, National Integrated Waste Management Company (SONAGED), and the Environmental Science Institute (ISE).
The Director General of SENUM, Mr. Cheikh Bakhoum, opened the official reception ceremony by showcasing Senegal’s commitment to tackling electronic waste. Click here to listen to his media statement.
The delivered equipment, worth over $95,000, included advanced tools such as a 10-foot e-waste collection truck, a hydraulic press for plastic, dismantlement tools, hydraulic lifters, and digital scales. With this equipment, SENUM can process an additional 110 tons of e-waste annually, reducing approximately 880 tons of CO2 emissions over 25 years. The equipment also provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, promoting social and professional inclusion. One of the remarkable features of the equipment is its capability to protect personal data through mobile equipment, allowing SENUM to securely destroy hard drives on-site, ensuring data privacy and improving their work processes. The equipment aligns with the circular economy approach, extending the lifespan of electronic devices and extracting value from reusable components.
The progress made in creating a comprehensive regulatory framework for e-waste management, with support from DEEC, further strengthens Senegal’s e-waste management practices.
The delivery of the equipment marks a significant milestone in Senegal’s efforts to address the environmental impact of e-waste, supporting global sustainability goals. Click here to listen to the media statement of Mr. Baba Drame, Head of the DEEC of the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition.
The reception ceremony also included signing an MoU, reaffirming the commitment of GGGI and SENUM to continue their collaboration on sustainable e-waste management. Click here to listen to the media statement of Ms. Assana Magagi-Alio, Country Representative of GGGI Senegal.
In the upcoming key steps, SENUM will conduct technical testing of the machine to ensure the equipment for the WEEE dismantlement is reliable. Additionally, with GGGI’s technical assistance, SENUM collects crucial data to monitor and assess the performance of WEEE processing for refining the WEEE business model in preparation for scale-up in cities nationwide.
Assana Magagi-Alio, Country Representative, Senegal