04 Nov 2015
Sidi Daoud, Tunisia
Resource efficiency and sustainable waste management

It is a win-win company in Tunisia: the input is hazardous electronic waste, the output is jobs and workplace training for employees with low education levels. This is the approach that has been created by Collectun D3E Recyclage, a Tunisian company that recycles electronic waste (e-waste) in an environmentally-responsible manner.

The company has been certified by the Ministry of Environment to disassemble transportation and e-waste in the country, and it collects all sorts of electronic equipment, from computers to fax machines, mobile devices to home IT materials. Once gathered, Collectun D3E Recyclage recovers valuable material from these devices, recycling more than 395 tons between 2009 and 2015.

“From transportation to recycling, we always choose clean solutions such as the packing and palletization of equipment to avoid breakage, the disassembling of equipment to ensure the maximum recovery of resources, and service providers that will enable clean recovery,” says Ines Temimi, the company’s general manager.

Termimi says Collectun D3E Recyclage also encourages civil society organizations to reuse their equipment rather than look at it as something disposable, and also runs awareness campaigns to inform the public about the impact of e-waste. “The easiest waste to dispose of is the one we never produce,” Termimi summarizes.

Creating new products and jobs from e-waste:

As a recycling company, Collectun D3E Recyclage innovates to create new products from its recovered materials, preventing the possible release of harmful substances into the environment.

Not only focused on creating something new from the old, the company also repairs used technology like computers. Those repaired devices are then given free-of-charge to local civil society organizations and schools.

Each of Collectun D3E Recyclage’s employees are trained in the specifics of e-waste disassembling, and protection gear is provided in order to prevent contact with harmful substances. Company employees have also participated in training to calculate their carbon footprint.

As for suppliers, they come through a partnership with GIZ, the German development agency. That partnership supported an awareness campaign where more than 30 companies were prompted to sacrifice their e-waste for recycling, a total of 52 tons.

 

Website: www.collectun-d3e-recyclage.com

Photos: Courtesy of Collectun D3E Recyclage
Illustrations: Courtesy of Ángela Palacios

 

Collectun D3E Recyclage Resource efficiency and sustainable waste management
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