UNESCO has brought together a group of partners to launch a guidebook for entrepreneurs wishing to engage in computer recycling, an increasingly important undertaking in view of the impact of computer waste on public health and on the environment.
UNESCO’s partners in the project are French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), French consultants Tic Ethic, non-governmental organizations Emmaus Solidarité Ouagadougou and Ateliers du Bocage, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The purpose of the guidebook, published in English and French, is to help develop the skills required to handle the growing flux of waste generated by the new and used computer markets for the benefit of the environment and public health. Problems generated this computer waste are affecting the world in general and developing countries in particular. It represents the negative side of the reduction in the digital divide in a world where one billion PCs were expected to be in use this year and one billion mobile phones were expected to be sold.
The project also aims to support the emergence of new business opportunities. It should prove useful for NGOs and local development stakeholders in fostering small and micro entrepreneurships. In addition, the open license of the guidebook will allow interested parties to create versions adapted to local condition and particular contexts.
The guidebook, available free of charge online (http://www.ticethic.com/guide), will be completed by a module containing an inventory of waste recycling processes, practical advice and case studies from recycling plants in Burkina Faso, France and India.
Reuse of obsolete or unwanted information and communication equipment is the preferred option, as it can allow for more users of the device at a lower cost, extend the return on energy and resources used in manufacturing the product, and prevent the device from entering the waste stream. Reuse may require repair, refurbishment or upgrade if necessary.
Equipment and components not fit for reuse can be disassembled and processed to recover raw materials in an environmentally sound manner. PCs contain valuable ferrous (e.g., iron), non-ferrous (e.g., aluminium, copper) and precious metals such as gold, palladium, silver, indium, and gallium that can be recuperated. The rising value of raw materials, including metals, makes recycling more economically viable and attractive.
More sustained internet-support will soon be provided with a forum on which entrepreneurs will be able to discuss their experiences and considering that the number of PCs used in China, for example, is expected to rise from 55 million in 2007 to half a billion in 2015, there will be much to discuss.
Contacts Press for each partner:
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
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
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