Chemical recycling for circular economy

Recycling of old plastic products that now contain banned compounds or so-called legacy chemicals, allows the creation of raw materials from previously redundant materials. In contrast to mechanical recycling (shredding) chemical recycling isolates prohibited toxic substances and thus eliminates them from reuse in new products. Plastic is a polymer that can be broken down into …

Extraction of precious metals from e-waste by microbes

The UK will get the first commercial plant to extract precious metals from e-waste using bacteria. The separation of gold is usually carried out by the addition of sodium cyanide in a process where it forms a water-soluble coordination complex with elemental gold and is thus washed out of the compound. The production of reagents …

A new Global E-waste monitor report for 2019 has been released

The Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership (GESP), made up of the United Nations University (UNU), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), has issued in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) a Global E-Waste Monitor report (http://ewastemonitor.info). It warns that the way we produce, consume and dispose of EEE …

The first reuse corner for disposal of functioning appliance

Direktor Simbia in direktor ZEOSa ob predaji kotička

As part of our five-year project Life Turn to e-circular, promoted under the slogan # I’m still useful! and in cooperation with project partners, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a waste collection company TSD and our local partner Simbio, a waste management company, we are presenting a pilot reuse corner for disposal of still …

Supporters

Several organizations have expressed their support for the project through the project application process, from professional guild associations and strategic partnerships to entrepreneurial accelerators, traders, packaging waste management schemes, social enterprises and NGOs. We have received support letters from the stakeholders listed below, and the stakeholders in the project are electrical and electronic equipment producers …

Co-financers

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning European Commission

Prevalence

The amount of generated e-waste opens the gates for informal recovery. Documented collection and recovery (recycling) in accordance with developed country regulations accounts for only a third of generated e-waste. The rest find their way to the landfills of the underdeveloped world, the most famous being the case of the Agbogbloshie landfill in Ghana’s capital, …

Composition

E-waste typically contains valuable and potentially toxic substances. Their composition is highly dependent on the appliance type, the manufacturer, the model, the date of manufacture and the age of the waste. For example, scrap IT and telecommunications equipment contain a higher proportion of precious metals than household appliances. The mobile phone contains more than 60 …

Origins

The large quantities of e-equipment produced, and the resulting e-waste generated are driving global demand for cheap electronics. The largest e-waste producer is Asia, with a good 40 % or 18.2 million tons per year (4.2 kg/capita), followed by Europe with 12.3 million tons (16.6 kg/capita), of America with 11.3 million tonnes (11.6 kg/capita), Africa …

Communication and marketing activities

To maximize our target group reach, we carry out various communication and marketing activities to disseminate information about the project and its results. In addition to the project website and social networks, we are putting up information boards, preparing various radio, print and other advertisements, leaflets, posters and other promotional material. We are also designing …