E-Recycling: An environmental Project

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© E-Recycling

This initiative is an environmental project founded by a young social entrepreneur, Camil Chaari. It offers individuals, companies and public institutions a recycling solution for their electronic waste, such as computers printers, mobile phones, ink cartridges and also batteries through the use of certified recyclers.

The program aims to reduce carbon emissions, advocate for the recycling of electronic waste, and to educate youth regarding the importance of recycling and the negative impact that electronic waste has on our environment. In fact, all electronics and electric wastes contain toxic substances and hazardous materials that could contaminate the air, the water and the soil. By recycling properly electronics, natural resources, precious metals (gold) or base metal (aluminum, copper) are conserved rather than landfilled. It also contributes to reduce methane and carbon emissions, which prevents global warming and protects the environment.

Major results

  • Created E-recycling Center, the first e-waste drop- off location in Rabat, Morocco
  • More than 3.5 tons of e-waste collected  and recycled by certified recyclers  and more than 3500 kg CO² emission saved
  • The program has been implemented in 6 schools (4 in Rabat and 2 in Kenitra), 7 enterprises, the US Embassy and all the Embassies of the European Delegation established in Rabat (19 embassies: France, Spain, Croatia, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria…)
  • The project received the COP21 label from the French Ministry of Ecology and has been recognized as a UNESCO green citizen, published by the Fondation Nicolas Hulot and several national media and international one (Associated Press and CCTV news.
  • The Founder is appointed as an Ambassador for the Consciousness Summit  that will be help during the COP22

 

The context

The consumption rate of electronic equipment has accelerated in Morocco leading to an increase of the volume of e-waste. Rochat and Laissaoui report estimated that in 2008 roughly 40.000 tons of e-waste were generated in Morocco (81% by households, 18% enterprises, 1% administration). The collection of used equipment is a crucial part of the e-waste process chain.  According to GIZ (2010) only few formal e-waste recycling activities take place in Morocco and there is a lack of collection sites. In other word, few efficient and successful collection schemes exist to collect e-waste from companies, administrations (commonly called B2B channels) and households (C2B channels).

 

The solution

E-Recycling, was founded in 2015, by a young social entrepreneur, Camil Chaari (15 year’s old) registered with the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property.

E-recycling aims to reduce electronic waste by responsibly collecting and recycling used IT equipment, printer cartridges, and batteries. For that, a collection system plan was developed to collect e-waste from households, enterprises, schools and public institutions. In other words, boxes and free continuous pick-ups are offered in order to help them recycle properly their e-waste throughout certified recyclers.

Moreover, a drop off site called “E-Recycling Center” was created in Rabat where householders and businesses can deposit their e-waste. A large communication thought flyers and social media was made to advertise the center.

After it is collected, the E-waste is stored at the E-Recycling center where they are regrouped by type, weighted, recorded and then sent to recyclers. Traceability of the recycled material is available through the material balance report.

E-recycling Center is a unique initiative in Rabat. The founder’s aim is to replicate this model in other cities throughout Morocco. There is a huge potential growth in this sector.

 

Protecting the environment

E-waste contains toxic and hazardous materials such as mercury or lead. As a consequence, untreated electronic wastes have major impacts both on human health and on environment.

Moreover, consumer electronics contain materials that are highly recyclable like aluminum, copper, silver or plastics.  Recycling them properly helps conserve rare earth minerals and natural resource by giving them a second life instead of being landfilled. It also contributes to reduce greenhouse emission (carbon and methane). All those actions concur to protect the planet and to tackle climate change issues.

By collecting 3.5 tons of e-waste in only one year, this project contributes to reducing carbon emissions by around 3500 kg CO².

 

Helping youth people/ Creating jobs

Through its partnership with Al-Jisr, a local NGO, youth technicians are trained in the refurbishment of IT equipment such as computers, printers, tablets or cell phones. The refurbished products are donated to local schools or recycled.

To date, 120 youth people were trained and found a job. 1200 computers were refurbished and donated to public schools.

 

Educating and raising awareness 

This project offers a school-specific recycling program for electronics waste. It helps raise awareness about eco-responsibility and the benefit of e-waste recycling. Until now, the project was presented to more than 500 students (from elementary to secondary)

Moreover, through its partnership with Revialis, ink cartridges are recycled and new products are created carrying messages such as “In my previous life I used to be a printer cartridge”. Rulers are offered to students to emphasize the importance of recycling.

 

By changing our habit, each one of us will contribute effectively to reduce gas emission. Together we can save the earth and our future.

 

For more information :

 

Contact :

E-Recycling
49 Ryad Otor, secteur 25 Hay Ryad 10000 Rabat, Maroc

Mr. Camil Chaari

camilchaari@gmail.com

Theme: 
Climate Change
Environment
Waste Management
Level of education: 
Wider public
Primary education
Secondary education
Needs: 
Training / capacity-building
Advice on strategy and project management
Financial or material contribution
Countries: 
Morocco