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“WEEE is a term used to cover all items of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and its parts that have been discarded by its owner as waste without the intent of reuse”. The amout of electronic waste (WEEE/WEEE) has increased rapidly over the past years with estimated generation capacity of 20-50 million tonnes annualy. WEEE impose a global challenge on both develped and developing worlds due to the complex characterstic of this waste stream, where its constitutent includes toxic and other resoureces that varies significanlty by product. Currently electronic waste makes up around 5% of municipale waste world wide and is counted as the fastest growing component of municipal solid waste stream.

Egypt is among top three African countries with the highest WEEE generation in absolute quantities, amounting 0.37 million tons in 2014. With no proper management of WEEE, this signpost adverse environmental and health impact because of the constituents of this complex waste stream which includes hazardous resources. As large quantities are generated per year, not enough are collected/recycled by formal sector, leaving majority of WEEE treated or dumped, according to the informal sector treatment.