Working group

Closing e-waste cycles

Working group

Challenges

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With 53.6 million metric tons generated worldwide in 2019, e-waste is fastest growing waste stream.

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Only 17.4 % per cent of 2019’s e-waste was documented to be collected and properly recycled.

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Environmentally sound e-waste management requires expensive end-of-life treatment facilities, as it contains toxic and valuable substances.

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Using sub-standard processes when recovering valuable metals puts people’s health and the environment at risk

Objectives of the working group

 

  • Develop pilot solutions for worst polluting fractions of waste electric and electronic equipment (e-waste) with companies
  • Improve labor standards in the (informal) recycling sector and include informal workers in formal recycling systems
  • Contribute to the implementation of extended producer responsibility (EPR) concepts
  • Strengthening of local reuse, refurbishment and repair activities taking social working conditions into account
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“I feel very privileged to be part of this platform, contributing to the conservation of the global environment. PREVENT gathers the most recognised organisations in fighting waste pollution through innovation. It is very important to Circular Brain to be part of such a great platform for international knowledge exchange and project implementation to make the world better.”

Marcus Oliveira, Circular Brain, Chief Innovation Officer.

Achievements

Achievments

Sub-working group with StEP Initiative on the implementation of the Basel Convention
Following a first exchange with the Basel Convention Secretariat in February 2021 on the challenges caused by notification procedures for the transboundary movement of e-waste, PREVENT and StEP have initiated a cross-alliance working group to collect experiences from members in different countries. The aim is to find ways to improve local implementation and facilitate transport to qualified recycling facilities abroad.


Pilot projects

In four pilot projects innovative solutions on closing e-waste cycles are tested in different local contexts. The elaborated recommendations and tools are adapted to specific local conditions and guide implementation in selected countries.

Pilot Project

E-Waste Compensation‘ as an international financing mechanism for e-waste in Nigeria.

Pilot Project

E-nnovating Quito: Sustainable e-waste management supported by collect-and-learn vehicles in Ecuador.

Pilot Project

ReduCE–Waste: Controlling e-waste imports in Tanzania.

Pilot Project

Finding solutions for problematic e-waste fractions in the Balkans, Latin America and East/West Africa.

The Electronics Waste Challenge

Why join?

  • We enable knowledge exchange and develop practical solutions on the most pressing questions relating to e-waste management in low- and middle-income countries.
  • We aim to move beyond high level discussions and focus on impact through matchmaking and implementation on the ground.
  • Our members from along the whole electronics value chain represent some of the most experienced practitioners and experts worldwide in this context.
  • We maximise synergies with other key alliances working in this space.

Become a member!

You are active in the field of waste management and circular economy or you are a stakeholder in the plastic or electronics value chains? You want to intensify your cooperation with partners?

Leads & Contact

Daniel Hinchliffe

Daniel Hinchliffe

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

+49 (0)6196 797283

daniel.hinchliffe@giz.de

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