This Global Alliance Innovation Exchange challenge competition, delivered by KTN Global Alliance Africa, is supporting the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Centre to identify innovations for the recycling and re-use of cathode ray tubes (CRTs). 

Deadline to apply: 11 February 2022

Electronic waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world. New technologies are constantly replacing old electronic devices, creating challenges in how to dispose of the old ones.

The recycling of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and computer monitors is a major challenge in Kenya. Those CRTs are bulky and contain hazardous elements which makes their disposal process complex. The average CRT contains approximately 6lbs of lead and, depending on the age of the TV, cadmium, phosphorus, mercury, and beryllium. The improper disposal of CRTs can lead to a significant negative environmental impact.

WEEE Centre is looking to find solutions for using the materials and components from the lead embedded CRT screens and steering coils.

The selected finalist will receive GBP 25,000 seed funding to work on the specific challenge aswell as support from WEEE Centre and Innovate UK KTN, including support in the development of a prototype or pilot.

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