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Waste Manifesto

Welcome to our Waste Manifesto which sets out our intention to lead electronic manufacturers towards zero electronic component waste.

At Component Sense, we recognise that electronic component waste is an overlooked but significant part of the world’ s e-waste problem. Visiting electronics factories around the world, it is clear that a high volume of E&O waste is being generated. With the focus on production, high value waste components are often discarded. Factory waste often ends up feeding the counterfeit supply chain, or is dumped in wastelands all over the world. Not only is this costly to businesses, but it is also having a negative impact on our planet.

Experts in sustainability and the circular economy often talk about the 3Rs; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We want to share our vision for how this applies to electronic component waste.

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E-Waste initiatives

We need to create a more sustainable industry, and electronic manufacturers play a key part in achieving this.

Below is a list of live e-waste research projects and initiatives, led by universities and global organisations. We encourage businesses to consider how they can participate in these and make an impact.

If you decide to get involved, we would love to know how you get on, so please email WasteManifesto@componentsense.com and we will include yor story in our blog

Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP)

StEP is a membership organisation that is part of United Nations University and was created to develop solutions to address issues associated with electronic waste. Some of the most eminent players in the fields of Production, Reuse and Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), government agencies and NGOs as well as UN organisations count themselves among its members. StEP encourages the collaboration of all stakeholders connected with e-waste, emphasising a holistic, scientific yet applicable approach to the problem.

Find out more about StEP or become a member here: http://www.step-initiative.org/

World Loop

WorldLoop is an international non-profit organisation, committed to extending the positive impact of ICT projects in developing countries by offsetting the negative environmental impact of its hardware. WorldLoop has the ability to transform an environmental hazard into something that is socially, environmentally and economically positive.

WorldLoop’s mission is to eliminate the negative impacts of e-waste by turning it into sustainable human and economic resources by facilitating the creation of accessible, environmentally sound, socially responsible and sustainable e-waste recycling in developing countries.

Support e-waste recycling in third world countries here: http://worldloop.org/get-involved/donate-to-worldloop/

Basel Action Network (BAN)

BAN is a charitable non-governmental organization working to combat the export of toxic waste from technology and other products from industrialized societies to developing countries. BAN is based in Seattle, Washington, United States, with a partner office in the Philippines. BAN is named after the Basel Convention, a United Nations treaty designed to control and prevent the dumping of toxic wastes, particularly on developing countries. BAN serves as a watchdog and promoter of the Basel Convention and its decisions.

Find out more about BAN here: https://www.ban.org/

Coalition for American Electronics Recycling

The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling is the voice of the e-waste recycling industry on Capitol Hill. CAER represents more than 140 companies that operate a combined 300 processing facilities in 35 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. These companies share in the philosophy that electronics recycling should be performed securely to protect our nation’s security and for the benefit of the American economy. For the last several years they have been working on federal legislation to address the exportation of untested, nonworking e-waste that counterfeiters use as cheap raw material.

Find out more or become a member here: http://www.americanerecycling.org/


Keep electronics out of landfills by fixing them. iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix all types of electronic devices. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them. Our site empowers individuals to share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world.

Join in here: https://www.ifixit.com/

E-Waste research projects

PhD Project: Marine Risk Assessment of High Technology Metals in the Context of Climate Change (MARTECH)

University of Plymouth, UK | School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Around the world, investment is growing in the electrical economy for communication, transport and renewable energy systems. From smart phones to electric cars, a new generation of High Technology Metals (e.g. gallium, gadolinium & lanthanum) are required, with consequent risks of electronic waste or mine drainage causing coastal pollution. In contrast to copper and other metals widely used historically, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the health impacts of HT metals in marine organisms. Our cause for concern reflects recent evidence for the harmful effects of these metals in freshwater organisms. It is also known that hypoxia and other environmental factors associated with climate change increase the bioavailability and toxicity of metals to marine invertebrates. This exciting project will address urgent knowledge gaps on the interactions between HT metals, hypoxia and other environmental factors and their combined impacts on marine invertebrates.

For details about supporting this research project, contact: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk

Other resources

The E-Waste Monitor

The E-Waste Monitor is a collaborative effort of the United Nations University, and provides a comprehensive overview of the global e-waste statistics and an unprecedented level of detail, including an overview of the magnitude of the e-waste problem in different regions.

Find out more here: http://ewastemonitor.info/

The Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership (GESP)

GESP was founded in 2017 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations University (UNU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). The objectives of the Partnership are to monitor developments of e-waste over time, and to help countries to produce e-waste statistics. The initiative will inform policy makers, industries, academia, media and the general public by enhancing the understanding and interpretation of global e-waste data and its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Find out more here: https://globalewaste.org/