SRI supports national recycling initiatives

The SRI recycling initiatives support national initiatives and implement pilot projects to improve the recycling of electronic devices and household equipment (e-waste).

E-waste is a valuable resource and its management is a key economic factor, potentially providing ample employment opportunities and producing secondary raw materials.

In developing and emerging countries, the recovery of raw materials is mainly carried out by thousands of uncontrolled workers in what is referred to as the “informal” sector. This involves numerous risks, such as environmental pollution, health hazards and the cross-contamination of hazardous substances.

SRI recycling initiatives are implemented in 6 countries in collaboration with private and public institutions. Pilot recycling operations are supported jointly so that best practices and recycling standards can be introduced via technological collaboration. To ensure the social, environmental and economical sustainability of the supported operations, technical guidelines and financing mechanisms are developed. The recycling initiatives are implemented in Egypt, Ghana, India, Peru, Colombia and South Africa, each tailored to the countries current state of its recycling industry:

  • Egypt: Supporting the green ICT initiative towards sustainable e-waste management.
  • Ghana: Providing alternative business models to the informal sector for sustainable e-waste recycling.
  • India: Reducing the cross-contamination of recycled plastics with heavy metals and flame retardants.
  • Peru: Supporting the growing e-waste recycling industry and producer’s take back systems.
  • Colombia: Supporting the implementation of Colombia’s legal framework for e-waste.
  • South Africa: Recycling of cooling appliances, CFC capturing and destruction.