27 February 2019: Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) has launched a partnership with the Samoa Stationary and Books (SSAB) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) in New Zealand to minimize the impacts of e-waste on the island.

The public-private partnership (PPP) enables HP product users to safely dispose of their toners and ink cartridges through the HP Takeback Programmme implemented by SSAB, HP and MNRE through a collection scheme using proper disposal systems, and shipment of e-waste to New Zealand, paid for by HP.

E-waste’s hazardous constituents may negatively impact the environment and affect human health.

According to a 2013 study under the regional Pacwaste Project, “significant generators of e-waste in the country are largely institutional, being both commercial and government; however, domestic generation is rapidly increasing.”

Speaking at the launch, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, MNRE CEO, warned about e-waste’s “hazardous constituents that may negatively impact the environment and affect human health if not properly managed.” He said small island States such as Samoa lack adequate infrastructure to manage hazardous wastes safely.

Additional partners announced at the launch include the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Women in Climate Change (WICC) and the Samoa Waste Recycling Management Association (SWRMA). [MNRE Press Release] [Women in Climate Change Press Release] [HP Planet Partners Programme]