TRAINING ON EEE DISMANTLING APRIL 2012
As part of NORDIC Facility funded project GreenAd, Raw Materials Group AB and DATEC had visited the Agbogbloshie dumpsite on studies conducted earlier in 2011 and found that one of the major problem on the site was crude methods used to dismantle EEEs to remove their plastic and metal casing to expose the copper, brass and Aluminum found in them. It is from this that the three organizations decided to find simple technological solutions to the problem. A demonstration involving the use of simple tools and equipment for dismantling was undertaken over the course of five (5) days to find out how acceptable they will be to the e-waste handlers on the Agbogbloshie dump yard.
- to improve up the health and safety of the scrap dealers.
- to increase the wealth of the scrap dealers by means of selling of parts that are not destroyed during the dismantling process.
- to improve upon the livelihood of the people with the environment in mind, and
- to save the scrap dealers and neighbouring market from exposing themselves to harmful chemicals discharged during the dismantling process.
Training Day 1
The first day of training was the visit to Agbogbloshie Dumpsite for the partners from DATEC to have a better understanding of the processes EEE go through and to aid them in developing a training outline for the coming days.
Training Day 2
Day 2 of training was the introduction of DATEC recycling to the selected GASDA members to have a better understanding of what kind of dismantling, sorting and separations that goes on in their facility in Scotland. It was also to afford them required information about the numbers at the dumpsite at Agbogbloshie and average output. They then proceeded to introduce the various kinds of tools that they had brought and the uses.
Training Day 3
Day 3 of the training was on health and safety issues around the dumpsite. The participants were taken through the various harmful substances that we can come into contact with and their after effects. The various kinds of batteries and their contaminants were also explained and the proper forms of their management. The use of hand gloves, nose masks and eye wear was introduced.
The second section for the day dealt with the various valuable components which are usually lost or destroyed during dismantling were also brought to the fall. The GASDA members were taken through simple technics that could help in retrieving them.
Training Day 4
On the fourth day the trainees were giving opportunity to work together and also disassemble individually. They also were giving the opportunity to ask questions and explain to the trainers what they would to improve the operations at the dumpsite.
The three day demonstration on the use of simple tools to strip cables brought to the fall the following findings from views sampled from GreenAd, Raw Materials Group AB and GASDA members:
- Their other new types of EEE that contain too many different kinds of screws which makes them difficult to dismantle.
- The dismantling process is faster when the uses of tools are mastered.
- The use of tools increases output by the means of saving other parts that are normally not recovered.
- The need to conduct a mass education of the scrap dismantlers on the harmful effects of the work they do.
- Finding market for the plastic casing got after dismantling and
- The provision of hand gloves, eye wear and nose masks for the workers.
The 4 day training brought to the fall the need for us to finding lasting solution to the way operations are than at the scrap yard. The use of simple tools for dismantling is a start that will have an impact over time.