ReduCE-waste Tanzania




  • Policy makers
  • Responsible authorities of exporting and importing countries
  • Customs officials, inspectors


  • Need to improve data on and control related to imports of used and waste electronics into Tanzania
  • Need for local implementation and harmonisation across the East Africa Region on how to tackle transboundary waste shipments


The project supported the Tanzanian government in setting up mechanisms to reduce and control the import of e-waste. It analysed transboundary e-waste flows, contributed to developing and piloting a national strategy and helped to strengthen local capacities for import control. The project can be scaled to other East African countries.


The Tanzanian Government addressed the need to reduce and control imports of e-waste with Used Electronic and Electrical Equipment (UEEE) into the country. This project analysed these imports and provided Tanzania with the tools to implement the Basel Convention Technical Guidelines in the country. It drafted a national implementation plan of the Basel Convention Guidelines on Transboundary movements of e-waste and UEEE to address illegal e-waste imports in Tanzania. The project developed a check list for inspectors, providing clear guidelines and instructions for the control, classification and recording of imports of UEEE and e-waste. In capacity building trainings and workshops authorities enhanced their understanding of key roles and responsibilities in import control and trained their skills for conducting inspections of imported UEEE and e-waste.


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A drafted national implementation plan of Basel Convention Technical Guidelines and checklist for inspectors serve as tools for reducing imports of e-waste, thus mitigating the adverse impacts of unsound e-waste management

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Tanzanian authorities and local inspectors have been trained on how to inspect shipments of UEEE and e-waste

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Replication of the approach in the East Africa Region is enabled

Video: Used Electronics or E-Waste? Setting up Control Mechanisms for UEEE-Imports in Tanzania


The project was presented at the Circular Solutions Festival. Watch the recording of the session to learn more about control mechanisms for e-waste imports in Tanzania!

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