Publication of the SRI report “Bridging the gap between the formal & informal sector”

The integration of informal actors is a key component in any kind of endeavor aimed at improving the management of E-waste. On this matter, a key milestone was reached by the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Egypt team, with the culmination and publication of the report “Bridging the gap between the formal & informal sector”.

The report is part of the SRI effort aimed at better understanding the different approaches by which the integration of the informal sector can be implemented. Following a review of comparable experiences and case studies from around the world, the study analyzed the different success factors for each one of them, and how these factors would develop in the specific context of Egypt. The overarching goal is to outline the most appropriate approach, to be piloted in the future as part of the SRI activities in Egypt.

More details about the report and a download link are available at the SRI’s E-Library section.


Protocol of Cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and the E-waste NGO EGWM

The SRI program aims at promoting e-waste recycling both through formal channels as well as by including and improving the operation of informal actors. Framed in this goal, SRI supported the launching of the NGO “EGWM”, formally named as “Productive Cooperative Society for the Recycling of Electronic, Electrical, Solid and Liquid Waste”. This NGO aims to be a leading voice in the Egyptian recycling sector, promoting circular economy principles and contributing to the preservation of resources for future generations.

EGWM hopes to achieve its goals through activities distributed in several channels, such as acting as a trusted partner between the Egyptian recycling value chain and policymakers, connecting the Egyptian recycling industries and other circular economy stakeholders and advocating for the necessary regulatory and financial conditions that enable recycling and waste management sectors to be competitive, grow, and expand their investments. It will also contribute to the sector with market research,  by identifying the investment opportunities that could most benefit the Egyptian recycling sector.

This organization will be led by a Board of Directors of formal e-waste recyclers who, as one of their initial actions, signed a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the President of the Waste Management Regulatory Authority Waste Management Regulatory Authority.

One of the organizations’ flagship goals will be to establish a specialized digital platform for the collection of electronic, electrical, solid, and liquid waste from house holds and informal traders.

Another line of work aims to provide subject-matter experts to carry out training activities in the technical aspects of recycling electronic, electrical, and solid waste. In this area, as one of its starting activities, the NGO is planning to organize and hold a series of “awareness seminars”, under the sponsorship and participation of the MoE. These will be targeted both to the informal as the formal sectors: in the informal actors will receive information related to e-waste collection, sorting, and its hazardous components. The formal recyclers will be instructed in relation to health and safety practices and technical dismantling methods.

Additional planned activities include to follow up on governmental auction procedures, and participate together with the Waste Management Regulatory Authority in developing best practices in the recycling industry.

Her Excellency the Minister of Environment affirmed that this cooperation aims to strengthen the role of institutions from the civil society working in waste management to maximize the use of waste and encourage the inclusion of workers from the informal sector, in order to legalize its conditions.



E-waste Refurbishment Training

The SRI Project in Egypt, framed in a Cooperation Protocol between the Electronic Research Institute (ERI), the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) and the Center for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE), organized a 5-day training of trainers (TOT) seminar on the Refurbishment of E-waste, a part of the E-waste Management curriculum. The seminar took place  from the 4 to 8 of February of 2024 at the ERI premises.

The TOT was delivered to 20 engineering instructors from the WE (mobile operator) ICT vocational Technological schools of the MCIT. The goal of the training is to prepare capable technicians for the ICT industry, by providing the knowledge and skills necessary for extending the lifecycle of ICT equipment, which will impact in a better management of e-waste. The trainers were renowned professors with outstanding achievements and specializations in various fields such as e-waste management, PCB laboratories, Nano-technology, automatic control, PCB fabrication and design, IT troubleshooting, and maintenance.

The trained instructors will deliver the acquired curriculum to the students at WE vocational technological schools all over Egypt.