In many parts of the world, used electronics are broken down for their metal content with few (if any) safety or environmental considerations. These practices are often unregulated and extremely dangerous, both to the environment and human health.
SERI wants to help increase responsible recycling practices in a manner that takes full account of the living conditions – environmental, health, and economic – of all involved in the business of electronics reuse and recycling.
SERI is currently seeking local and regional partners to develop a set of guidelines, with multi-stakeholder input, regarding environmentally sustainable practices appropriate for small and medium-sized (SME) electronics recyclers. Many SME e-recyclers around the world are looking for information on environmental, and worker health and safety, measures they can incorporate into their current recycling practices.
Through the use of common best-practices, basic training, and other outreach activities with local NGO partners, SERI believes progress can be made in improving the health and welfare of recyclers operating in the informal sector.
This is an ongoing effort. If you have questions, or would like to know how you can participate, please contact us.