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NO DUMPING of E-WASTE AT LANDFILLSThe National Norms and Standards for Disposal of Waste to Landfill kicks in on 23 August 2021 in respect of old electric and electronic devices and batteries. Landfill sites will no longer be allowed to accept such waste for dumping...

Desco Extends E-Waste Bin Service

Desco Extends E-Waste Bin Service

Desco Extends E-Waste Bin ServiceDesco Electronic Recyclers has extended its collection bin service for customers that generate large volumes of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – we will place an E-Waste collection bin on site at your premises for your...

How to choose a recycler

How to choose a recycler

Choosing A recyclerDid you know there are recyclers selling PCB for component removed and resell – the question is do these components contain data? Multi billion dollar industry in China (please expand to full sentence). We see the same thing happening in South...

Desco in the media

Samsung South Africa embarks on E-waste Recycling Program

Samsung Electronics South Africa announced a partnership with key industry stakeholders on a recycling initiative that will educate consumers on e-recycling and the disposing of electronic goods in an environmentally responsible manner.

African E-Waste Experts Trained in Inclusive Recycling

A successful Training of Trainers course on inclusive e-waste recycling was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 8-12 July. E-waste experts from 13 African countries were selected out of over 100 applications. The course was based on ISO IWA 19 Guidance Principles for inclusive recycling, developed under the SRI programme.

SA communities are facing a growing environmental challenge of E-waste

As technology has become integral to our daily lives, so the amount of e-waste has exponentially increased, especially during the last 20 years. E-waste is considered the “fastest growing waste stream in the world” according to the World Economic Forum. In 2018, more than 50 million tonnes of E-waste was generated worldwide, equivalent to more than 4500 Eiffel Towers.

Desco – The responsible e-waste recycler (Written by 3SMedia)

Reaching its 20-year milestone, Desco Electronic Recyclers has made strides in the e-waste industry, setting benchmark standards in the education and recycling of electronic waste products in South Africa

Desco, an electronic recycling industry leader

E-waste has over the years become one of South Africa’s biggest environmental problems. This rapidly growing waste stream has broadened electronic recycling business opportunities with more enterprises responding to the challenge, by providing solutions for different volumes of e-waste.

Desco’s in-depth recycling processes

Desco is a thriving, environmentally responsible and accredited recycler of electronic waste. Desco’s excellent business reputation has been earned by complying with the highest local and international e-waste management practices.

Desco, a business entity empowering South Africans through BEE

Desco has over the years made great strides in empowering many people through its business operations. How is this empowerment done?

Data safety and the role Desco plays in achieving this

Business and private data has continued to end up in the hands of criminal elements due to poorly disposed of electronic waste. What is data safety and how is Desco making a difference?

You can’t just throw away your old laptops and hard drives in South Africa

Getting rid of broken or obsolete computer components is not as simple as throwing them in the trash.

In South Africa, the disposal of old electronic equipment like hard drives and batteries is governed by various regulations.

General Industry News

Rwanda’s e-waste dismantling and recycling plant creates green jobs for youth

To create jobs for the youth in TVET by deploying them in different industries, Rwanda’s only state-of-the-art e-waste dismantling and recycling facility in Bugesera District has equipped about 70 young people with  skills in repair, maintenance and recycling of end of life electrical and electronic equipment.

How we think about e-waste is in need of repair

China and Ghana are looking less and less like electronic wastebaskets and more and more like leaders in a powerful, informal green economy.

Today’s Electric Car Batteries Will Be Tomorrow’s E-Waste Crisis, Scientists Warn

Electric vehicles can help save the planet, but their batteries pose a serious challenge to the world’s recycling infrastructure. We need to improve and scale up recycling methods now, scientists say in a new paper.

Solar E-Waste Challenge

A program to support innovations in off-grid solar e-waste management. E-waste generated by the off-grid solar sector represents less than 0.1% of global e-waste streams, but investment now will ensure the industry’s growth is sustainable over the long term and further enhance the sector’s reputation as a leader in environmental responsibility.

The World Has an E-Waste Problem

As a tech-hungry nation flush with cash gets ready to upgrade to the next generation of lightning-fast 5G devices, there is a surprising environmental cost to be reckoned with.

Le recyclage, un secteur d’avenir en Afrique

Avec une croissance économique et démographique soutenue, le continent africain est la région du monde qui connaît la plus forte croissance en matière de déchets. En 2016, l’Afrique subsaharienne en a généré 174 millions de tonnes, majoritairement des déchets organiques. Soit 460 grammes par habitant et par jour.

South Africans are drowning in e-waste

Your dead cellphone or broken television set is worth real money if its constituent parts are mined. They are also hazardous waste. But South Africa manages neither the potential value nor the risks of toxicity particularly well.

The use of electronic devices is on the increase — and so is waste generated by them.

Tech titan’s R280m investment boost for SA economy

Samsung has announced a R280 million Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP). The company projects this will have a measurable impact on job creation and a contribution of nearly R1 billion to the South African economy at large.

Why You Should Never Throw Away Your Old Tech

If you just got a brand new TV, gaming console or smartphone for the holidays, you’re probably trying to figure out what to do with your old model. It can be pretty temping to just toss your aging iPhone 4S or Xbox 360 in the trash like regular garbage, but that’s the absolute last thing you should do… Why?

What happens to your old laptop? The growing problem of e-waste

E-waste is the fastest-growing element of the world’s domestic waste stream, according to a 2017 report by the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor. Some 50m metric tonnes will be produced annually this year — about 7kg for every person in the world. Just 20 per cent will be collected and recycled.

Here’s What Happens When You Recycle Your Old Cellphone

The devices often seem like extensions of our bodies, sitting in our pockets or handbags like outsourced memory banks or detached organs. But unlike a heart or liver, most people prefer to get rid of their current cellphone every 20 months or so, when a better model inevitably comes out. The phone that once seemed indispensable gets thrown away.

Tales of Trash: 5 Principles for Inclusive Recycling

The stories of Sabitri, Carlos and Mustafa, working in informal recycling sector in India, Peru and Ghana, and how the Sustainable Recycling Initiative changes their lives. And we all can keep enjoying our electric and electronical devices.

These Countries Are the Best and Worst Recyclers in the World

Data on global waste management is hard to gather in a meaningful way because there are so many sources, journeys, and endpoints for waste.  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has made a valiant effort to track municipal waste management throughout its 35 member states. And the results are striking.

10 Worst Practices in Used Electronics Recycling (“e-waste”)

The official Ten Worst “E-waste recycling” Practices have been codified by the knowledgeable insider who thought of writing this first.  There may be some that haven’t even occurred to me.

Construction of South Africa’s first plastic road has begun

Construction of Africa’s first eco-friendly road, incorporating recycled waste plastic, started in Jeffreys Bay earlier this month. This could mean the end of potholes, create jobs in the region and contribute to saving the planet.

Federal grant to fund e-scrap metals recovery research

A $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support research into better separation of metals in consumer electronics.

The e-waste problem

The amount of electronic products discarded globally has skyrocketed recently, with 20-50 million tonnes generated every year. If such a huge figure is hard to imagine, think of it like this – if the estimated amount of e-waste generated every year would be put into containers on a train it would go once around the world!

Victorian electronic waste (e-waste) ban in full swing

The e-waste ban means anything with a plug, battery or power cord that is no longer working or wanted must be taken to a council or business collection point rather than thrown into your household bin.

The world’s e-waste is a huge problem. It’s also a golden opportunity

While more electronic devices are part of the problem, they also can be a big part of the solution. A more digital and connected world will help us accelerate progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering unprecedented opportunities for emerging economies.

Global Ban on Exporting Hazardous Waste to Developing Countries Becomes Law

The agreement, called for by European and developing countries, with the strong support from environmental and human rights groups in the early 1990s — has been hailed as a landmark agreement for global environmental justice.

The Electronic Waste Challenge: A Global Perspective (GIZ Video)

This film was developed by GIZ Sector Project “Concepts for Sustainable Waste Management and Circular Economy”, on behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with the United Nations University SCYCLE Programme.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals made from recycled mobile phones

The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project sparked the collection of nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones and small electronic devices around Japan, which will be used in the crafting of every gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded to athletes at next year’s games.