Free, safe disposal of electronic waste 

KOUGA – Kouga partners with eWASA : Kouga Municipality has teamed up with the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) to amplify electronic waste (e-waste) recycling in the region – representing a groundbreaking initiative for the municipality.  

Incorporating the assessment of vital infrastructure, equipment, and resources for efficient waste management projects, the R1.67 million initiative, guided by the principles of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), aims to enhance waste collection and recycling and seeks to generate local employment opportunities. 

“We are delighted to provide an e-waste service for the first time in Kouga,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Hattingh Bornman. 

“The project contributes to environmental sustainability and aligns with the municipality’s endeavour to create job opportunities and empower youth, women, and individuals with disabilities.”

eWASA contributed three fully equipped e-waste recycling containers for the cause. These 40-foot containers, furnished with recycling tools and storage facilities, are stationed at two designated drop-off sites (Paradise Beach and St Francis Bay) and the Humansdorp Landfill Site. 

Kouga partners with eWASA

“Here, Small, Medium, and Macro Enterprises (SMMEs), as designated by the municipality, will process and accept e-waste, subsequently selling the recovered components to downstream recyclers,” said Bornman.

In addition, residents can also send a message to for additional information or to arrange for the collection of e-waste.

“eWASA’s engagement goes beyond infrastructure support, extending to comprehensive training and mentorship programmes aimed at ensuring the success of these SMMEs,” said Bornman.

“Additionally, eWASA further enhances the partnership by providing the municipality with personal protective equipment (PPE), bulk bags, and waste picker trolleys. 

“These resources are intended to augment the efforts of SMMEs and waste reclaimers, working in tandem with the municipality – ultimately resulting in elevated recycling rates and reduced waste directed to landfill sites.” 

He said the municipality urges residents to actively improve their environment and drop off all unwanted electronic items at one of the three dedicated e-waste sites in Kouga.


What is electronic waste?

Electronic waste (e-waste) includes anything with plugs, cords, and electronic components.

E-waste commonly originates from various sources, encompassing televisions, computers, mobile phones and a wide range of household appliances, from air conditioners to children’s toys.


Home appliances

  •  Microwaves
  •  Home entertainment devices
  •  Electric cookers
  •  Heaters
  •  Fans
  •  Toasters


Communication and Information Technology devices

  •  Cell phones
  •  Smartphones
  •  Desktop computers
  •  Computer monitors
  •  Laptops
  •  Circuit boards
  •  Hard drives


Home entertainment devices

  •  DVDs
  •  BlueRay players
  •  Stereos
  •  Televisions
  •  Video game systems
  •  Fax machines
  •  Copiers
  • Printers


Electronic utilities

  •  Massage chairs
  •  Heating pads
  •  Remote controls
  •  Electrical cords
  •  Lamps
  •  Smart lights
  •  Night lights
  •  Treadmills
  •  FitBits
  •  Smartwatches
  •  Heart monitors
  •  Diabetic testing equipment


Office and medical equipment

  •  Copiers/printers
  •  IT server racks
  •  Cords and cables
  •  WiFi dongles
  •  Dialysis machines
  •  Imaging equipment
  •  Phone and PBX systems
  •  Audio and video equipment
  •  Network hardware (servers, switches, hubs, etc.)
  •  Power strips and power supplies
  •  Uninterrupted power supplies (UPS)
  •  Power distribution systems (PDUs)
  •  Autoclave
  •  Defibrillator


Additional information

The EPR Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) is a registered Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) for the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), Lighting and Paper and Packaging and Portable Batteries Sectors.

As part of the Kouga partners with eWASA project, eWASA is a not-for-profit organisation committed to delivering cost-effective compliance for its producer members. 

eWASA represents some of the largest producers within the household electrical and electronic industry who have a producer responsibility as mandated by the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations of November 2020. These regulations came into effect on 5 May 2021 and stipulate that producers must organise and finance the environmental management of their products at the end of their lives.

eWASA was formed in 2008 to manage the establishment of a sustainable, environmentally sound e-waste management system for the country. Since then, they have worked with manufacturers, vendors and distributors of electronic and electrical goods and e-waste handlers (including refurbishers, dismantlers and recyclers) to effectively manage e-waste, lighting, and paper and packaging waste.

As an existing registered PRO, eWASA (in consultation with producers) developed and submitted an industry-compliant scheme on their behalf.

eWASA has been the EPR Scheme of choice for many producers in South Africa across all sectors and is also a Level 2 BBBEE contributor.

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