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Swiss e-Waste Programme

Swiss e-Waste Programme

With its e-Waste Programme, SECO supports initiatives to assess and improve the handling of e-waste in developing and transition countries and facilitates the global exchange of gained experiences. Empa, commissioned to implement the programme, currently focuses on five countries – China, India, South Africa, Colombia and Peru. The aims to identify possibilities to mitigate the risks without reducing the attractiveness of the e-waste recycling business. Assessments and implementations are made in collaboration with local partners such as government and non-government organizations, industries, universities and others. Networking, building competences and promoting an environmentally sound e-waste recycling is a vital part of the programme. Several field studies provided some startling insights. The findings indicate that each country features different development stages of e-waste recycling systems with unique problems related to them, but fortunately also opportunities for improvements

Project Duration:
2003 - 2012
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