Purpose of SAE³WA
The Southern African E-Waste Alliance (SAEWA) is a non-profit organisation which helps to coordinate responsible management of the entire electronic waste (e-waste) stream in a one-stop shop format nationwide (and beyond). It takes many different working partners to achieve a fully comprehensive e-waste management solution. Therefore the e-Waste Alliance is made up of independent business partners who are able and willing to work together in symbiotic working agreements to handle all parts of the e-waste stream in the most integrated and value added manner and according to the best technologies locally available while assuring safe data destruction at all times.
The eWA business cooperation and waste beneficiation model allows its members optimize their goals namely:
- Minimizing waste and maximizing resource use and job creation
- Adding value in each step of the e-waste
This provides an integrated, comprehensive, environmentally and socially responsible solution for e-waste from each e-Waste Alliance partner concerned. The Southern African E-Waste Alliance (SAEWA) seeks to act as a one-stop-shop for pro-active and integrated e-waste management. Its members are guided by the following hierarchy of options, giving preference to the recovery of function of equipment where possible before optimising the recovery of materials for further downstream recycling and rework options.
Introduction of the e-Waste Alliance by Amie Williams (an award-winning US community project film maker)
The VISION of the SAEWA is to develop a blueprint for integrative, grass-root oriented e-waste management which can be adopted throughout Southern Africa as a workable, competent and accountable “operational collaboration model”. The latter is formed by otherwise independent service providers that seek to benefit from jointly fulfilling recovery and treatment obligations as set out by industry based (and financed) take-back systems.
The SAEWA MISSION is to create a nation-wide (and beyond) footprint that will enable people to refurbish, recover, rework and recycle locally, thereby supporting the local waste management economy as much as possible.