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Monday, 10 February 2014

UNIDO and WorldLoop partner with Recupel and the Belgian recycling industry to advance sustainable e-waste solutions in Africa

BRUSSELS, 10 February 2014 - Recupel and the Belgian recycling industry is partnering with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the international non-profit organization, Worldloop, to support sustainable e-waste management in developing countries in Africa.

Practitioners from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, , Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia will take part in a five-day workshop starting in Brussels today. They will learn about the best practices and sustainable solutions in the collection, dismantling and recycling of electronic and electrical waste.

"It is expected that in the near future developing countries will generate more e-waste than developed countries. In cooperation with its international partners, UNIDO supports countries in facing the challenge of managing e-waste. Our goal in this respect is to promote sustainable recycling solutions, including the establishment of recycling facilities which comply with international standards," said Smail Alhilali,UNIDO Industrial Development Officer.

"Training courses like this one help build the national capacity and stimulate South-South cooperation. The participants will gain knowledge about efficient management, most effective recycling practices and will be able to link up with international players. UNIDO hopes to organize more hands-on training courses on efficient e-waste management in cooperation with WorldLoop."

Peter Sabbe, Recupel General Manager, added: "As one of the leading organizations in the collection and recycling of e-waste in Europe, Recupel has always been open to sharing its knowledge and experience. As a founding member of the WEEE-Forum, an association of 39 electrical and electronic waste collection and recovery system, Recupel has had the opportunity to welcome several partner-systems from all over Europe to provide a platform for co-operation and exchange. The partnership with WorldLoop has offered a whole new dimension to this knowledge-sharing.  The training this week will provide a unique insight into the best practices of dismantling and recycling of e-waste."

Olivier Vanden Eynde, Worldloop Founder and Managing Director, said: "Every day we work with entrepreneurs and non-profits in developing countries committed to environmentally friendly e-waste management. Trainings such as these not only support the professionalization for these players but it also act as a catalyst for local growth and development. What the participants will learn can be taken back and shared with others in the local industry, further supporting capacity building initiatives that are taking place around the world."

"The level of engagement from prominent international organizations and industry leaders, including UNIDO and Recupel, has demonstrated the importance such initiatives have in making e-waste management and ICT for development more sustainable today and well into the future.  We look forward to supporting more trainings in the future."

E-waste is a growing concern internationally, particularly in regions of the world that do not have readily available and environmentally friendly treatment options. WorldLoop and UNIDO have entered into a partnership to tackle the problem in developing countries. The two organizations have agreed to organize e-waste recycling training courses to improve efficiency and resource-recovery in the field and are bringing together industry leaders to lead the course.

At present, while many of those involved in countering the problem of e-waste understand the basics of proper dismantling and handling, few know how to run a recycling centre. The goal of the training is to demonstrate best practices within e-waste dismantling and to show how to best organize and run a dismantling facility. After the training the participants will be able to improve the dismantling operations at their facility and have a clearer picture about the requirements of an internationally recognized dismantling facility.

The workshop is organized together with OVAM, The WEEE Forum, Galloo, Arrow, Coolrec, and Umicore.

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Toorens

WorldLoop Business development and External Relations
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Tel. +32 497 57 37 11

Smail Alhilali

UNIDO Industrial Development Officer
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