The Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) team was delighted to participate at the launch of Eco Green Waste Management (EGWM), marking a significant milestone as the first formal association of e-waste recyclers in Egypt. EGWM, established as an NGO, is dedicated to  promoting the interests of e-waste recycling companies, serving as a cohesive voice to accelerate the development of a competitive Egyptian recycling industry. Beyond its primary goal, EGWM seeks to foster the integration of the informal sector by facilitating activities that bridge the gap between the formal and informal actors. Both SRI and the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) have actively supported the establishment of the EGWM, by providing organizational support and technical training, among others.

Mr. Ahmed Salem, Chairman of EGWM, invited the experts Martin Gasser from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology (Empa) and Mostafa Lotfy (SRI) to the newly established EGWM headquarters. During the launch event, Mr. Salem provided a comprehensive overview of the e-waste landscape in Egypt, highlighting challenges such as the insufficient input material for formal recyclers.

In outlining EGWM’s envisioned activities, Mr. Salem underscored the importance of practical solutions and expressed the association’s keen interest in collaborating with CEDARE and various government agencies. Additionally, Mr. Mostafa Hamdan presented an innovative project focusing on collecting e-waste using semi-automated pick-up points.

Subsequent to the gathering at EGWM, the attendees visited El Fardous Electronic Recycling in Giza. A tour of the recycling plant was accompanied by a detailed explanation of the printed circuit boards (PCBs) recycling process, including a demonstration of the melting process to produce metal ingots from the processed PCBs.

The SRI team extends heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Ahmed Salem, the entire EGWM team and the dedicated managers and workers at El Fardous Electronic Recycling for their invitation and for contributing to the strengthening of networks within the e-waste recycling sector.