Electronics Recycling News Roundup

Commission for Environmental Cooperation conducting assessment

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is conducting a training needs assessment for small and medium size electronics recycling and refurbishers. They are seeking to have this needs assessment filled out by the broadest number of electronics recyclers and refurbishers as possible. If they find that there is a great need for training in sound management for electronics management, they intend to develop the appropriate training.

Companies can view the introductory letter Cover_letter US and visit http://fs11.formsite.com/cecweb/form110/index.html

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. For more information, contact Karen K. Pollard, pollard.karen@epa.gov Electronics, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response


Domestic electronic scrap in Africa growing, Basel Convention reports

Source: Basel Convention  and AFP

International experts are warning countries in Africa to ancticipate managing a growing volume of domestically generated electronic scrap in the coming years.

“One study suggests Africa will generate more e-waste than Europe by 2017,” Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention on hazardous waste, told reporters for AFP March 15.

This increase in volume is being driven by several factors, the Basel Convention reports http://www.basel.int/Implementation/TechnicalAssistance/EWaste/EwasteAfricaProject/Publications/tabid/2553/Default.aspx, including increased availability of computers and greater demand for mobile phones.

“The use of EEE is still low in Africa compared to other countries in the world, but it is growing at a staggering pace. In the last decade for instance, the penetration rate of personal computers has increased by a factor of 10, while the number of mobile phone subscribers has increased by a factor of 100. The penetration rate2 signifies that due to the intense trade of used EEE, people have better access to lower priced EEE. From this perspective, the import and trade of used EEE is in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals as a means to foster the use of ICT for sustainable development,” according to the Basel Convention’s report, “Where are WEEE in Africa? Findings from the Basel Convention E-waste Africa Programme.”

Priority actions for reducing the environmental and health impacts of growing levels of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), alongside promoting the sector’s potential for green jobs and economic development, were today agreed by representatives from 18 African states, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia.

The actions were agreed to at the Pan-African Forum on E-Waste, held last week at the Nairobi headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme.

New Zealand project uses recycled robot to promote electronics recycling

Source: http://www.e-cycle.co.nz/community/competition/

New Zealand’s RCN e-Cycle project has created a six-foot tall robot from recycled electronics to promote electronics recycling in the island nation.

“The robot is a practical demonstration of electronics recycling,” said RCN e-Cycle spokesperson Tania Pilkinton.   “Made entirely from e-Waste, we have turned outdated, obsolete and potentially toxic electronics into something unique and new. The robot represents what recycling electronics is really all about.”

The RCN e-Cycle project  is funded in part by New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment, with a large portion of the $1.1 million budget allocated to building awareness and a call to action nationwide.

The robot is part of a national campaign to raise awareness. It was built by Gwilym Griffith Jones of Staple Design in conjunction with May E Machine, in Wanaka.

“We wanted something that children could connect with and that would inspire them to think about responsible electronics recycling. After all, the children are our future,” said Pilkinton.

Children can enter competition to name the robot.

RCN e-Cycle has a network of 27 sites around New Zealand. Private computer recycling company RCN has partnered with the Community Recycling Network to handle the electronic scrap collected.

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