Who ultimately dismantles all this electrical and electronic waste?

All of the electrical and electronic material we collect - in part thanks to you - we also want to process correctly. In our own country, Recupel calls on social employment, amongst others, for this purpose. But we also look over the borders…

Do you have far too many electrical and electronic appliances? Then you have multiple ways to discard them properly, so that they’re sure to be optimally recycled. Because ultimately all of these things, thanks to Recupel, end up in the right place.

First and foremost: sort correctly

All appliances are sorted into six different fractions, type by type:

  1. refrigerators and freezers
    These can contain harmful gases/oils (such as CFCs)
  2. other large household appliances 
    Washing machines, dishwashers, dryers, stoves...
  3. TV screens and computer monitors
    All appliances with an ´old-fashioned´ CRT
  4. other appliances 
    Mobile phone, clothes iron, video, lighting equipment, flat screens...
  5. gas-discharge lamps
    Fluorescent tube lamps and compact fluorescent lamps
  6. smoke alarms

Recycle and recover

For the first phase in processing discarded e-appliances (manual dismantling) we call, where possible, on workers from the social economy. Under safe conditions they remove the parts with harmful substances, such as asbestos, mercury, batteries... This is what we call ´depolluting´. These parts are then processed by specialised companies.

The remaining materials can be recovered for re-use: the industry makes new products with the recovered materials (ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, plastic, glass and rare raw materials).

E-waste: cooperation with Africa

Recupel and WorldLoop joined forces in 2012. WorldLoop is a Belgian NGO that helps with the recycling of electronic waste (also called e-waste) in Africa.

It began in Kenya, but now we are already active in Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d´Ivoire. In the meantime there’s even a project running in South America, and the cooperation has been recognised with a prestigious award.

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