International E-Waste Day 2022

Electronic technology has been transformational in the lives of many, but what happens when these devices reach the end of their useful life?

In 2019, the world generated 54.6 metric tonnes of e-waste yet, only 17% was recycled – degrading the environment, harming human health and losing valuable materials such as precious metals. 

14 October is International E-Waste Day and this year, we are putting the spotlight on small electrical devices, like solar lights, that are no longer used but kept in drawers and cupboards or tossed into the bin.

At SolarAid, we know a solar light changes everything in the flick of a switch, but what happens when the light becomes dull or stops working altogether? 

That is why we are committed to reducing our contribution to the e-waste problem.  By developing the capacity of local technicians to repair common solar light faults as well as creating safe, simple ways for old solar lights to be recycled, people are able to continue enjoying the benefits of clean, safe and affordable solar light even longer, and faulty products will not end up contributing to the growing problem of electronic waste.

E-Waste Programmes

Ensuring our lights work for longer means fewer people choosing harmful lighting options and making sure we don’t contribute to Africa’s growing problem of e-waste.

"SolarAid has distributed of millions of solar lights across Africa as a clean, safe and renewable alternative to kerosene lamps, candles and disposable batteries. We also support the development of repair networks to extend the life of solar products and advocate for improved recycling capacity so as to keep e-waste to a minimum."
John Keane, SolarAid CEO

  • 2t

    of CO2 emissions per 1t of e-waste

  • 40%

    of all e-waste is made up of small electrical devices

  • 7.3kg

    average amount of e-waste produced per person