Weelec transforms electronic waste into new resources

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Weelec is the socially responsible processor of electronic waste. This e-waste, consumed by partners, is processed in a sustainable and innovative way into secondary resources.

Recycling of e-waste

In the Netherlands a small amount of e-waste is recycled in a sustainable way. Furthermore, there is little regard for this issue. Weelec draws attention to the value of recycling e-waste by making the process more transparent and sustainable. Furthermore, Weelec involves the youth in this trajectory. Weelec does this with their own ‘educational learning project’, which is a set of activities that teaches students about the resources that are necessary for electronic devices and the recycling of e-waste. 

Processing

E-waste is either being supplied by partners or picked-up by Weelec. The first part of the doors from washing machines for example. The processing of the carcasses of electronic devices, which is the second part, is done by high-tech machinery. These machines turn waste into resources in a sustainable way.  

Working sustainably by using carbon neutral energy

Especially the mechanical processing demands a lot of energy. In order to still be sustainable, Weelec buys carbon neutral energy only. Also in other parts of the company Weelec aims to work as sustainable as possible by looking at logistics (electric cars), making sure no emissions are transmitted. Moreover, Weelec developed a CO2 emission reduction model. With this model e-waste can be translated into a carbon performance; the recovery of resources from the built environment requires less energy than extracting resources from the soil. 

From small players to multinationals: working together is key

Weelec works together with a wide variety of partners, ranging from small companies to large multinationals. The partnership is not just about goods and services, but also about the transfer of knowledge and jointly thinking about the future. All of Weelec’s partners are part of the Weelec community and share their knowledge with each other. The so called knowledge partners are members of the Knowledge Platform, a kind of think tank, and together they reflect on future problems. 

Results

Weelec started in May 2015 with the physical processing of e-waste. At present, Weelec aims at processing 6,000 tons of waste in the coming years, as the Weelec Community includes over 400 partners and continues to grow. The knowledge center is still under construction. So far there are six studies conducted by Maastricht University and Zuyd University.

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Written by Bo Louise Smits on 01-03-16 www.weelec.nl/home

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