Elaborating a Step-toolkit “E-waste Training Materials”

  • Intention and Objectives: 

With the toolkit “E-waste Training Materials”, the Step community intends to support the daily work of different target groups involved in e-waste management by providing manuals and handbooks adapted to their needs in length and wording.  The main objective is to contribute to the implementation of environmentally-sound e-waste management on a global level through the establishment and promotion of tools for efficient e-waste recycling operations and capacity building. The tools are specific to the target groups and take into account local circumstances. 

  • Collection Handbook: 

The Collection Handbook introduces different approaches to e-waste collection, and it provides guidance how to put them in place, taking into account different local circumstances, adequate strategies and main challenges for different e-waste collection streams (such as B2B-collection, collection via collection points or personal delivery). Key cost factors like transport costs and purchasing prices are listed and the handbook covers how to calculate and manage them. 

  • Dismantling Guide: 

The Dismantling Guide gives a general introduction into manual dismantling, providing information about the required equipment and introducing three different dismantling depths (superficial, medium and detailed). The required dismantling steps for relevant appliance groups (PCs, monitors and TV-sets, IT-accessories, printers/ scanners, copiers, etc.) are described in detail, and the produced output fractions are listed. Further mechanical treatment processes that often have to be integrated into manual dismantling facilities (CRT-treatment, plastic separation/ shredding, etc.) are introduced and described. 

  • Business Calculation Tool: 

The Business Calculation Tool facilitates the calculation of output and financial performance of manual dismantling for different input quantities and compositions on a company level. Using the Excel-based tool, the expected annual financial balance for manual dismantling of mixed inputs can be calculated. The tool provides support to entrepreneurs planning to set up an e-waste dismantling facility and offers a good overview of the expected costs and revenues. For established facilities, the tool is helpful for identifying options for improvement in the current process to optimize their dismantling operations.

  • Downstream Handbook: 

The Downstream Handbook provides guidance regarding how to select output fractions from ewaste recycling plants to material recovery and environmentally-sound disposal. Considering different regional framework conditions, it gives an overview of existing technical options for further recycling and/or disposal of critical fractions coming out of e-waste recycling processes. It compiles the expertise and experiences of various Step members and additional key experts on the environmentally-sound recycling and disposal options of critical fractions like plastics, CRT-glass, batteries and others.

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