E-waste from off-grid solar solutions



The Sustainable Energy Solutions Catalogue is designed for users both within and outside the scope of SESA. Inside SESA, it offers an introduction to solutions that can be utilized in collaboration with various stakeholders, including local governments and civil society. Additionally, the catalogue updates users within the project about activities at SESA validation and replication sites. Externally, it informs users about the various solutions tested during SESA project implementation and serves as a comprehensive source of introductory information on sustainable energy solutions for a diverse set of stakeholders.   

This factsheet focuses on solutions for the collection, handling, recycling and disposal of e-waste components resulting from OGS products, particularly in the African context. It focuses on solutions for the end-of-life (EoL) stage of OGS products, when options of extending the product life such as reuse and repair have been exhausted. 



E-waste toolkit from GOGLA
This toolkit addresses the main challenges in setting up sustainable e-waste recycling chains. It consists of the following training modules: 1. Technical introduction to recycling of off-grid solar products, 2. Design for reduction of e-waste, 3. Financials of e-waste management, 4. E-waste policy and regulation, 5. E-waste and the consumer, 6. Take-back and Collection, and a service provider catalogue.

Circularity Toolkit: E-Waste Blueprints
Building on the GOGLA E-waste Toolkit, the Blueprints provide OGS companies with practical tools to improve e-waste management practices in OGS companies, regardless of company stage, product type or country of operations. The toolkit addresses different stages: assessment, planning and execution.

E-waste toolkit from EEP Africa 
The e-waste toolkit from EEP Africa includes resources to support companies overcome many of the barriers to e-waste management and recycling in East and Southern Africa. The toolkit provides best practices for project developers and consumers, resources on local legislation, and recommendations for recycling services.

E-waste Training Manual from GIZ
The publication assembles knowledge on practical dismantling of different types of equipment, output fractions after manual dismantling, the management of a small-scale recycling facility, and the organizing of training.

StEP Initiative – Partnerships between the informal and formal sector for sustainable e-waste management
The informal sector plays an important role in the collection and management of e-waste. In this context, this paper presents approaches and case studies on current informal-formal partnership models in different countries around the world, among which the African continent stands out. The partnership concept presented in this paper aims to support the achievement of high recycling rates and legislative requirements, in the framework of extended producer responsibility (EPR) or other collection systems in low- and middle-income countries.





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