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International E-Waste Day 2020

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Today we celebrate the International E-Waste Day. This day was developed in 2018 by the WEEE Forum with the support of its members in order to raise the public profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in e-waste recycling rates on the day itself and into the future. For more information please visit:

In order to mark this important day, also several StEP members are implementing various activities:

RLG India

On the 3rd International E Waste Day, RLG India as of its take-back program, Clean to GreenTM, has planned an integrated campaign to educate the youth about hazards of informal e waste management and awareness on its environmentally sound disposal practices.

The “ConnectNCollect” campaign will run on ground from 9th to 13th October in 5 cities of India namely Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad and Bangalore. An E Waste Pickup Truck has been allocated for each of the 5 cities, accompanied with 1 GreenE Champion each. The campaign consists of online and offline activities for participants, from spotting the pickup truck in their city to donating e waste for gratification.

For more information about the campaign please visit:

RLG Peru

On the International E-waste Day (14th October), RLG Peru organize an e-waste pickup campaign in Peru’s capital, Lima. On that day, RLG Peru will visit several districts around Lima to collect e-waste materials to recycle, contributing to increase the volume of waste recycled, ensuring transparency and compliance with the local regulations. During previous collection campaigns in August and September, 5 tons of WEEE from 15 companies in 10 districts have been collected.
For more information about the campaign please visit:


The International Environmental Technology Center (IETC), a department of the United Nations Environment Programme, together with ViE-SCYCLE will later this fall release a technical report on the future of Electrical Vehicles (EVs). The report will outline the current situation on EVs including the current and the projected car fleet (size and types of models), EV batteries in terms of resources and recycling, as well as current policies and regulation in countries relating to promotion and end-of-life management of EVs.


The UNIDO-GEF project on e-waste management in Latin America promotes effective e-waste management in 13 countries across the region. As part of the project, a series of webinars on related topics was organized in collaboration with the United Nations University. To celebrate International E-waste Day 2020 a panel session on ‘the involvement of universities in e-waste research’ showcasing the experience of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) will be held on 14 October.


Patricia Schroeder (Individual StEP Member) supports the organization of an e-waste collection day in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa. During the Day consumers can drop-off all their household e-waste at different collection points set-up in four shopping malls.

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