The association of cooperatives Rede Sul and GM&C, a logistics company, launched the e-Waste project for the city of São Paulo🇧🇷 The project, which aims to raise awareness about electronics recycling, was created in the southern region of the country and now extends participation to cooperatives in the capital of São Paulo.
Cooperatives interested in joining the project can register for the project by going to contact with the South Network🇧🇷 One of the missions of e-Waste is “spread the importance of electronic waste collection among recycling cooperatives in the city of São Paulo🇧🇷 Brazil is the fifth country that produces the most electronic waste in the world.
Brazil recycles less than 3% of electronic waste
The data on the production of electronic waste in the country shows a problem when placed next to how much of this type of waste is recycled: less than 3% is recycled. The research “The Global E-waste Monitor 2020”, carried out by the United Nations University, points out that, in 2019, Brazil discarded more than 2 million tons — only 60,000 tons were recycled.
Worldwide, more than 53 million tons of electronic waste are discarded. In addition to the lack of proper recycling, there is also misinformation and lack of collection points in cities. However, having a collection point is not enough: electronic waste must be recycled.
“The recycling of electronic waste still raises many questions. The population does not know how to properly dispose of it and, in turn, most cooperatives are not trained in the correct handling of this type of waste. And this is exactly the great challenge of the e-Waste project”, says Henrique Mendes, institutional relations coordinator at GM&C, the company involved in the e-Waste project at Rede Sul.
Mendes also explains that a joint effort between the public and private sectors is needed to give the issue the attention it deserves — especially since the subject also deals with environmental preservation and possible scarcity of natural resources. High-value metals such as gold, platinum and copper can be recovered through electronics recycling.
Some cities and companies, such as Samsung, already carry out the recycling of electronic waste – but these structures may not be enough to handle the capacity of large centers. To meet this demand, training recycling cooperatives is important to increase the amount of electronic waste recycled in Brazil.
Collection points in municipalities
In large cities, one of the collection points for e-waste may be at Samsung stores. The manufacturer’s stores have (according to the company’s website) a collection point for smartphones and other mobile devices — larger equipment, such as notebooks, can be delivered to authorized technical assistance.
Regardless of the size of your city, you can contact the communication channels of the municipality or the company responsible for managing waste in your city to find out where the collection points are located. Also try to find out if there are cooperatives capable of recycling electronic waste.