We’re really happy that you’ve decided to take part in our #WEEEcleanup challenge!
What is the Goal?
How can I take part?
Help protect the Environment!
Where can I hand in faulty electrical and electronic Equipment?
- (Electronics) retailers
- DIY stores
- Recycling centres
How does disposing of WEEE professionally help the Environment?
- Recovering raw materials
- Preventing health and ecological hazards
- Putting a stop to child labour under inhuman conditions
When you hand in e-waste for professional disposal, you are making an important contribution to an operational circular economy, which protects natural resources and thereby helps the environment. Recycling end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment allows resources to be conserved, including rare minerals. For example, copper, cobalt, silver and gold can be extracted from old mobile phones and used again to make new products. In view of the increasing scarcity of raw materials, this is not only an important environmental, but also a social factor. Rare minerals are often mined under hazardous conditions in developing countries, in many cases even by children.
It addition, recycling prevents electronic waste from being illegally dumped in the countryside or landfills in developing countries, where hazardous substances such as lead and nickel may be released into the environment, posing a risk to human beings and to nature. Toxic vapours may be emitted, for example, or contaminants may leach into the groundwater.
What to look out for before disposing of WEEE?
- Make sure to delete all your data
- If your device still works, you can donate it or sell it to others
- Remove any batteries that are not permanently installed
Be sure to delete all personal and sensitive data stored on mobile phones, tablets, laptops, flash drives or hard drives before disposing of these. In addition, the devices should be reset to their factory settings. If you want to be particularly thorough, you can also run a program that deletes all the data from the mobile phone.