SGP Projects

Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI – PHASE II)

Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI – PHASE II)

(October 1st, 2019 – June 1st, 2023), The overall development objective of the programme (SRI continuation) is that favorable framework conditions enable the development of a sustainable recycling industry for e-waste and related waste streams in SECO partner countries.

The programme is focusing on governance and technology aspects that allow for an optimal recovery of secondary raw materials and the safe management of hazardous sub-stances. In all its activities, SRI strives for inclusive approaches, aiming at beneficial eco-nomic conditions for both the private industry and the informal sector. SRI leverages the concept of a circular economy and contributes to actions on climate change mitigation through a reintegration of secondary raw materials into industrial processes. To maximize and measure the positive impact of the programme, metrics for sustainability and the environmental benefits of implemented changes will be developed and applied.

The programme is structured into a country component with four outcomes and a knowledge component with one outcome. The country component includes Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, Colombia and Peru. The focus and priorities for specific tasks related to the main outcomes will be set country specific in order to consider the specific characteristics and different development stages in adapting sustainable recycling solutions in each country. The knowledge component is comprised of activities complementing the country components aiming at further supporting an international stakeholder dialog and normative processes, providing metrics and methods to support and measure change, and to maximize the programme impacts through communication and dissemination measures and as accessible global public goods.

The SRI project had two major achievements in 2020/2021 to support the establishment and sustainability of the E-waste Management industry in Egypt:

Firstly, the National E-waste Curriculum developed by the SRI team was completed and approved by the Supreme Council of Universities. It will be added to the main syllabus of Technological Universities and may also be implemented at other education institutions such as the Electronics Research Institute (ERI) or the Information Technology Institute (ITI).

Secondly, the finalization and publication of the report “An EPR Scheme for WEEE In Egypt – Options for implementation”, which was prepared as part of the ongoing e-waste policy development process in Egypt. It proposes and discusses various options for implementation of EPR for WEEE in Egypt.

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