Environmental Education and Electronic Waste in the West Bank

e-waste burning in the air of Idhna village

Electronic waste burning in a Palestinian village.

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Every day, dozens of truckloads of Israeli electronic waste – everything from old refrigerators to televisions to cell phones – find their way to Palestinian villages in the southwestern portion of the West Bank. Palestinians separate the components, and then reclaim and recycle the scrap metal and plastics.  Circuit boards and cables, which cannot be readily reused, are typically burned to recover valuable metals.  However, the burning, which often occurs in open pits, creates environmental hazards for both nearby Palestinian and nearby Israeli communities.

Sustainable Israeli Palestinian Projects (SIPP) is providing hands-on training in Israel and the West Bank, and technical assistance through both an Israeli NGO (Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (AJEEC-NISPED) ) and a Palestinian NGO (Green Land Society For Health Development) on managing the waste processing in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.  SIPP brought in Anne Peters, Gracestone Inc., a leader in the electronic waste management field, to provide on-the-ground assistance in the form of workshops (Idhna, Al Quds University, and Tel Aviv University) and policy analyses.

SIPP is currently providing financial assistance to the Green Land Society’s Environmental Education Center (in Idhna) and will bring Dr. Amro to Boulder in 2019 to learn about US recycling, electronic waste processing, and environmental education.

Read a Q&A with Akram Amro, Green Land Society (E-Scrap News, October 2018).