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Technology may offer myriad benefits to the events industry and it can also greatly assist with event greening. But what about electronic waste, asks the Event Greening Forum? E-waste refers to any type of electronic device that has come to the end of its life. What makes handling this waste problematic is, first, the amount of waste being produced, and second, what is in it.

Malcolm Whitehouse, Operations Manager at the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA), says it’s estimated that, on average, every person produces 6kg of e-waste a year. It’s important to divert this from landfill as most e-waste contains toxins. These can leach into the earth or be released into the air if burnt.

“Safely disposing of your e-waste is simple; you can find any one of our 600 national members on They comply with our waste management standards, and will recycle as much e-waste as is possible, and in a safe way. What cannot be salvaged is then disposed of responsibly.” There is no cost to have your e-waste disposed of in this way.

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