Our Taskforce: ReCycle


The major aim of this Task Force is to enhance infrastructures, systems and technologies to realize sustainable e-waste recycling, especially in industrializing countries. As a neutral arena we want to initiate international, inter-stakeholder cooperative activities and dialogues on a scientific basis in order to find economically, environmentally and socially sound solutions.

 

Overall Aim


The aim of the Taskforce Recycling is to enhance global recycling infrastructures, systems and technologies realizing sustainable e-waste-recycling systems.



Guidelines for Developing Activities


Based on a) multi criteria objectives (e.g. environmental, economical and social) and b) on international, inter-stakeholder activities and dialogues on scientific and practical cooperation within a “neutral” arena, TF “Recycling” aims at:

  • Setting up a publicly disclosed and political recognized network to conduct studies in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania and provide solutions and training through the StEP Initiative;
  • Focusing short-term on industrializing countries and e.g. the new EU member states and bordering countries;
  • Focusing long-term on sustainable resource cycles globally;
  • Designing interfaces to other approaches necessary to solve the e-waste problem dealt with in other Task Forces.

Objectives, topics and tasks


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  • Assess the most relevant environmental, economic and social characteristics of e-waste recycling in the industrialized world
  • Perform recycling system evaluations leading to recommendations for long-term development of eco-efficient resource cycles
  • Analyze complexities of transboundary shipments and logistics of e-waste and its underlying driving forces, dynamics, regulations and the constraints for sustainable resource
  • Identify and describe best available and emerging technologies for e-waste treatment in industrializing and industrialized countries
  • Support legislative and policy development bodies with roadmaps and strategies to reduce environmental and social problems
  • Investigate appropriate financing mechanisms for different countries and markets
  • Identify and assess the required cross-border infrastructure including the possibilities to control safe treatment and corresponding policy implications
  • Enhance communication and transfer

    • Of e-waste treatment technologies to facilitate growth in capacity and environmental/social quality of electronics recycling infrastructure
    • Of the implications of treatment technologies, environmental issues, economic possibilities and social dimensions into e-waste management strategies
  • Activate and improve networks for monitoring and supervising relevant waste streams

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Contact


Mathias Schluep
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA)

Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
CH-9014 St. Gallen
Switzerland

Tel. : +41-71-274 7863
Fax : +41-71-274-7862

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Jason Linnell
National Center for Electronics Recycling

115 Rosemar Road, Suite 2
Parkersburg, WV 26104
USA

Tel.: +1-304-699-1008

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