E-waste: Environmentally sound management of used and end products

E-waste: Environmentally sound management of used and end products

Many developing countries and countries with economies in transition suffer from an informal or less-organized small-scale sector that collects used or dead computing equipment for the purposes of repair and re-sale. Many informal and untrained groups collect and recover materials such as copper, gold and plastics from electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) without realizing its negative health impacts on human and on the environment.

E-waste collectors often lack the necessary education and training to properly manage the collection process and materials recovery. Thus, UNDP and in Partner-
ship with the government of Jordan through Ministry of Environment and Secre-
tariat of Basel Convention (SBC) initiated the End of life of computing equipment management and monitoring in action in Jordan, shortly referred to as "E-Waste

Main Outputs

  • Improve collection and materials recovery practices in an environmentally sound manner in Jordan
  • Provide technical assistance to project team in developing the national capacities, technologies and skills in relation to e-waste management in Jordan
  • Assess and examine the existing e-waste materials regulatory frameworks related to eective control of the e-waste in Jordan including Environmental Sound Management (ESM)
  • Inuence decision makers on the gaps in laws and implementations (taking into consideration the Regulatory Impact Assessment).


  • 420 containers for e-waste collection were distributed in the kingdom to raise awareness
  • Carried out a Schools lecture programme throughout the whole country
  • Draft the instructions for the management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Enormous amounts of electronic products are disposed of every year, posing human health threats from unsafe handling of the e-waste.



Start Date

June 2013

End Date

June 2015

Focus Area 




Implementing Partner

Ministry of Environment