The project falls under the theme of “Global recirculation of strategic metals: Best of Two-Worlds approach” seeking opportunities for recycling of strategic materials found in e-waste. In light of the rising shortage in primary raw material on one hand, and the environmental burden of unexploited waste in the developing world on the other hand, the best of two-worlds approach aims to close global raw material life cycles while optimizing the environmental and social return in the developing world. It covers precious metals and critical resources (e.g. platinum group metals and rare earth) as well as base metals (e.g. aluminum, lead and copper) that can be found in (vehicles, electronic equipment, etc.) assessing secondary resources in Egypt and Ghana as well as implementing pilot projects for collection and pre-treatment.
CEDARE participated in the Best of Two Worlds (Bo2W) Kick-off Meeting, held on 12 June 2012, in Darmstadt, Germany. OkO-instiut organized the meeting and CEDARE presented its role in implementing the project activities in Egypt, as the Project’s pilot country.
The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), on the 25th of August 2011, at the MCIT premises, Cairo – Egypt. The purpose of the meeting was to review the study of the E-waste sector in Egypt, submitted by CEDARE. This study falls within the inception phase of the program and the framework of the National Egyptian Green ICT Strategy, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA).
Questionnaires were distributed to identify stakeholders to assess previous relevant activities, plans, future prospects, and willingness to participate in developing the industry.