“Safe PCB and E-Waste Management Project”, formally referred to as “Implementation of PCB Management Programs for Electric Cooperatives and Safe E-Wastes Management”, is implemented in the Philippines by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), lead executing agency, and other collaborators: co-financiers National Electrification Agency (NEA), Natural Resource and Development Corporation (NRDC), Electric Cooperatives (EC), Integrated Recycling Industries, Inc. (IRII), Cebu Common Treatment Facility, Inc. (CCTFI) and Development Bank of the Phlippines; as well as zero waste and chemical safety advocacy organization EcoWaste Coalition, which implements the awareness raising programs for the project.
The project “Implementation of PCB Management Programs for Electric Cooperatives and Safe E-wastes Management” was approved by the Global Environmental Facility in December 2016 and is to be implemented in the Philippines for the duration of 60 months.
As a party to the Stockholm Convention (SC) on POPs, the Philippines is obliged to comply with the targets designed to reduce or eliminate releases from intentional and unintentional production of POPs. The national implementation plan of the Philippines for the SC on POPs identified two priority action plans, among others, and these are the need for the development and implementation of incentives for rural electric cooperatives to comply with the phase out of PCBs and the management of PBDEs from WEEE stream in the country. On the issue of PCBs, there are still a number of barriers limiting the rate of disposal in the Philippines. One of these barriers is the lack of technical and financial capacity of small electric cooperatives in treating their PCB-contaminated equipment, among others. E-waste management, on the other hand, lack environmentally-sound procedures and technologies for collection, dismantling, segregation, and recycling leading to the exposure of workers and recyclers to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromobiphenyls (HBB), heavy metals and other contaminants of concern.
The overall project objective is the protection of health and the environment through sound management of PCBs and PBDEs in e-wastes. Specifically, the project targets the environmentally-sound disposal of 600 metric tons of PCB-contaminated oil and equipment, and 1.15 tons of PBDEs as global environmental benefits. To achieve this objective and targets, various activities had been outlined and planned in line with the project outputs, outcomes, and components.
The project components include (i) Management of POPs in Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment; (ii) Sound Management of PCB-contaminated Equipment, PCB Wastes and Stockpiles from Electric Cooperatives; (iii) Institutional Strengthening, Capacity-building and Awareness-raising; and (iv) Project Monitoring & Evaluation.