Key Facts

  • Abidjan District is on the south coast of Côte d'Ivoire in west Africa. It is twinned under the EWIT project with the Belgian city of Antwerp.

  • Abidjan District hosted a workshop in July 2015 as part of the EWIT project specifically addressing E-waste management in the area. The workshop was coordinated by University of Nangui Abrogua.

  • It is estimated that 80% of the national industrial activity in Côte d'Ivoire are concentrated within the District of Abidjan which has about 5 million of inhabitants. The Ministry of Environment and Abidjan District (and the civil society) are engaging in the quest for viable solutions to cope with the different problems caused by E-waste in this nationally important area of the country.

In Abidjan E-waste generation has increased due to changing consumption patterns and E-waste shipping from developed countries (from EU and France in particular).  A normative framework on waste management is present in the country while a specific legislation on E-waste management is drafted but has not yet been put into force.

Within the period 2016-2020 the National Waste Management Strategy provides that a specific supply chain is developed with respect to E-waste. This would be based upon the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

Currently, household and industrial waste is collected and transferred by several service providers to the municipal dumpsite, where informal workers recover valuable materials to sell on within the second-hand and secondary materials market on local scale and abroad.

There is a lack of up to date data on E-waste both on national and local scale.  On a local level there is a lack of sophisticated technology for E-waste processing and the majority is manually dismantled, although it is known that some E-waste components are sent abroad to be treated.

The following data regarding E-waste management were identified as part of the EWIT project.  The data are derived from a range of sources.  Due to the difficulty in obtaining quantified data, much of the tonnage data are based on imprecise estimates.

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Country Ivory Coast
City Abidjan District (Ivory Coast)
Current Population of the city 5,500,000
In which year was the population data collected? 2015
Quantity of municipal solid waste generated annually? (t/yr) 1,042,446
Quantity of E-Waste generated from households annually? (t/yr) 1,500
Quantity of E-Waste collected from households annually? (t/yr) N/A
Year of the above data 2015
Collection Stations 0
Active landfills 1
Active Dumps 151
Closed landfills and closed dumps 176
Dismantling Facilities 0
Repair & Refurbish Facilities No Data
Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) 0
Other facilities
Does the national government have an agency mandated to enforce solid waste including E-Waste laws and regulations? Yes
Does the city have a department dedicated to solid waste including E-Waste management? No
Does the city have a unit enforcing solid waste including E-Waste issues in the city? No
Does the city have its own solid waste management including E-Waste rules? No
List of international partners and NGOs currently working with the city and briefly describe each project Mesad (NGO) Mesad's Electronic Waste Project : this NGO is also runs Ivory Coast's first mobile phone recycling collection centre. In the centre, everything is separated - the plastic, the batteries, the screens, the electrical parts and the precious metals - before being weighed, packed up, then sent to France for recycling. The project is funded by mobile phone operator, Orange and this centre is now their fifth across Africa. PARO (NGO) / She wants among other implement a recycling system for electrical and electronic items in Ivory Coast to stem this environmental problem but also create wealth and employment. However, devoid of human and financial resources, PARO is not able to set up a network of collection or dismantling plant.
Is there a national law governing solid waste including E-Waste management in the country? No
Who is mandated to collect, transfer and dispose of E-Waste No structures responsible for specific collection and / or exclusive of WEEE. Often WEEE is stored on site in stores, offices; sometimes it gets rid in street corners or in unmanned spaces.Sometimes the companies in charge of garbage collection, ensure the collection of WEEE at-the latter are found in chests or boxes garbage
Does the city have solid waste including E-Waste management rules and regulations? No
Does the city have a solid waste including E-Waste master plan? Yes
Provide a list of channels through which the city communicates with its residents on solid waste management issues (eg. website, newsletter, radio, social media, etc …). Also indicate how often each channel is used radio- tv, newsletter,the city is sometimes awareness messages. but it is the ANASUR who is responsible for public awareness campaigns on the radio, on television and in newspapers written
What are the key messages or information provided to the public ? (eg. education on littering, source separation or waste reduction etc.) the messages are citizen-centered behavior in exortant not to dump the waste on the roads and in the channels
Provide a list of channels through which the city collects feedback from it residents on issues related to solid waste services. (eg. Annual surveys, dedicated telephone line, Mobile phone Applications, social media, etc …) it is the responsibility of the ANASUR
Provide a summary of key solid waste information made periodically available to the public (eg. Annual budget, waste collection coverage rates, recycling rate, etc..) N/A
Does the city have a contract with one or more private firms for waste management? No
Does the contract cover waste collection? n/a
Does the contract cover waste transport n/a
Does the contract cover waste disposal n/a

The goals and priorities of Abidjan District are the result of the legal framework under the Ministry of the Environment. These priorities points are as follows:

  • 1)  Formalise the informal E-waste sector
  • 2)  Provide more reliable and reliable statistics on E-waste
  • 3)  Increase the collection rate of E-waste
  • 4)  Increase awareness within the population on E-waste issues
  • 5)  Increase the local E-waste recycling capacity
  • 6)  Develop a specific legal framework for E-waste management

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