Ewaste Foundation’s aim is to decrease the e-waste problem in developing countries. We are a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, though the scope of the Ewaste Foundation is global. Our donation partners, knowledge partners, and e-waste projects span the continents.
In short, we neutralize the fact that your used electronics, when given a “second life” in developing countries, will end up there as e-waste. By purchasing certificates and letting us address this problem, you take responsibility for this important aspect of the recycling chain.
We offer you the most direct and fast way to offset your E-waste footprint
When you offset the footprint of your “second life” electronic equipment, we take direct action. Before your equipment hits ground in the developing country, our work to neutralize the corresponding amount of E-waste has already begun.
We give a structural impuls to capacity building in sustainable E-waste disassembly
When buying your certificates you also
- provide practical help to new E-waste disassembling plants, and
- make new sustainable E-waste initiatives profitable through our per-piece donation system
Our key service is to offset the e-waste footprint of your end-of-life electronics. We do so in the following way:
Removing Hazardous Leftovers
The Ewaste Foundation finances and arranges for the safe disposal of hazardous materials which are leftovers of a professional disassembly process. The amount we dispose of is based on the amount of Certificates we sold.
In the currently common practice of dismantling e-waste in developing countries, the hazardous leftover materials are discarded in the environment and become very damaging to the ecosystem and to people’s health. We collect and ship the leftovers out of the developing countries and dispose of them in state-of-the-art smelters. Because of the very high costs smelters are not available in developing countries.
In addition to removing hazardous leftovers we also accomplish the folowing
Setting up e-Waste Criteria and requirements
We have also established and are actively managing criteria and requirements which a disassembly process has to meet in order to be considered ecologically and socially sustainable. Overall controllability through a third party is an important requisite.
Supporting New Initiatives
We encourage and give practical support to new initiatives setting up sustainable e-waste disassembly processes worldwide. We accomplish this support through our knowledge and network partners.
Making sustainable e-Waste disassembling profitable
Decreasing e-waste in developing countries is a challenging goal, in which local initiatives should play a major role.
In challenging local people to start up new E-waste disassembling initiatives, potential profitability of the initiative is a necessity.
Disassembling of electronics correctly can in itself be a profitable process since one can sell the valuable leftover metals. However, acting responsibly with the hazardous leftovers makes the whole operation non-profitable. Therefore, profiting was not possible, until now.