The Entrepreneur's Guide to Computer Recycling: Basics for starting up a computer recycling business in emerging markets

Within the context of emerging technology-based knowledge societies, UNESCO supports initiatives, serves as a laboratory of ideas and fosters cooperation between stakeholders in order to reduce the reduction of the digital divide on an environmentally sound manner.

The Organization has been involved in several projects in the domain of computer refurbishment through its website, experts meetings, supporting initiatives by FAIR, Schoolnet Africa, etc. It also contributed develop capacity building tools such as the on-line (and CD-ROM) training on computer refurbishment, which is part of the Online Multimedia Training Kit.

Finally, UNESCO sets up several projects promoting IT based small businesses for local development. Considering the absence of training tools for entrepreneurs in the computer recycling area, it decided to set up a group of partners and develop such a tool, thus contributing to develop local capacities, creating small business opportunities while fostering international cooperation and shared experience in this domain.

UNESCO is also UN leading agency for the UN Decade for Education to Sustainable Development.

UNESCO website: www.unesco.org


The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) is a public agency under the joint supervision of the French Ministries for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning, and for Higher Education and Research. It participates in the implementation of public policies in the fields of the environment, energy and sustainable development. The agency makes its expertise and consultancy skills available to business, local communities, public authorities and the general public and helps them to finance projects in five areas (waste management, soil preservation, energy efficiency and renewable energies, air quality and noise abatement) and to make progress with their sustainable development procedures.

ADEME website: www.ademe.fr


HP, the world’s largest technology company, provides printing and personal computing products and IT services, software and solutions that simplify the technology experience for consumers and businesses. For decades HP has worked to manage its environmental impact by adopting environmentally responsible practices in product development, operations and supply chain. The company strives to be a global leader in reducing its carbon footprint, limiting waste and recycling responsibly. Starting in 1987, HP’s recycling programmeme now operates in more than 50 countries, regions and territories. The programmeme seeks to reduce the environmental impact of IT products, minimise waste going to landfills, and help customers conveniently and responsibly manage products at their end of life. In 2007, HP surpassed its goal of recycling half a billion kilogrammes (1 billion pounds) of its products and is well on its way to reaching its new goal of recovering a cumulative weight of 0.9 billion kilogrammes (two billion pounds) of products by the end of 2010.

In September 2007, HP launched a project with the Digital Global Solidarity Fund (DSF) and the Swiss Institute for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) to address the growing problem of electronic waste in Africa. This collaboration aims to both reduce potential health and environmental hazards caused by improper disposal of electronic waste and create jobs in disadvantaged communities. The initial phase consists of a pilot project in South Africa together with an analysis of existing practices in Morocco and Kenya. More information about this project is available at www.hp.eu/e-waste.

HP website: www.hp.com


TIC ETHIC is a consulting firm specialised in eco-technologies, as shown by its slogan: ICTs to promote ethic. Founded in 2005 by Benoit Varin, the firm employs consultants specialised in information technologies and environmental protection. Its team has already been working on the development of various EEE recycling plants, recycling programme and business development. TIC ETHIC coordinates the PC Recycling Programme composed by volume 1, volume 2 and a training programme for entrepreneurs. TIC ETHIC provides services in consulting, engineering for design recycling branch, technical assistance, audit, evaluation, feasibility studies, setting up, expertise and training. TIC ETHIC organizes and takes part in numerous working groups related to sustainable development and new technologies. TIC ETHIC thematic seminars on sustainable development and ICT, bring together professionals of these industries.

EMMAUS/ Les Ateliers du Bocage

The association Les Ateliers du Bocage is specialised in integration into working life of new employees through Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) recycling. It benefits from 5 years of experience on this market and is sister-firm of the main French solidarity organization Emmaüs. Over 170 employees are working in several plants in France and in Burkina Faso. Deeply involved in the creation of an EEE recycling plant in Burkina Faso and local infrastructures in West-African countries, Les Ateliers du Bocage are searching for partnerships with retrofitted equipments exporters.

Ateliers du Bocage website: www.emmaus-adb.fr

Emmaüs Solidarité Ouagadougou (ESO)

The association Emmaüs Solidarité Ouagadougou, ESO, founded in 1991, is composed of 11 groups in charge of various activities: farming, weaving and seam. It also handles training for peasants and computer, mechanics and seam formation to local youth.

ESO president, Emmanuel Siambo, relays the communication with African organizations. He is a valuable key for communication with local authorities and to deal with the possible problems for the project in Africa. The project has to integrate ESO from the very beginning.

ESO has developed a workshop specialised in computer recycling.


11e Assises nationales de la Prévention et Gestion Territoriale des déchets

TIC ETHIC intervient le Vendredi 17 Septembre

11h à 12h30

Atelier 13 : "Le Réemploi et les TIC" (Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication)

Animé par Bernard VERDONCK, Administrateur CNR, Président Réseau des Ressourceries

Intervenants :

- Anne BRINGAULT, Directrice, Les Amis de la Terre : guide du réemploi, site internet « Produits pour la vie », résultat d’une étude sur l’obsolescence programmée

- Benoît VARIN, Gérant, TIC ETHIC : "Comment développer le Réemploi industriel au sein des Collectivités Territoriales et favoriser le marché de l’occasion grâce à des solutions technologiques innovantes?"

- Michael COPSIDAS, Directeur, EcoGeste

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer à cette occasion !

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