SRI @ A Glance

SRI LogoElectronic waste, also known as e-waste, is one of the fast-growing types of waste worldwide which includes discarded electrical or electronic equipment such as old televisions, computers, printers, mobile phones and lead batteries. High toxicity of e-waste, including lead, causes pollution and health problems if improperly disposed of through methods like incineration. On the other hand, e-waste also contains important secondary non-renewable materials such as copper. Disposal of such valuable materials means that they are lost forever and cannot be reused. This pushes countries worldwide to mine for new materials.

From an economic perspective, e-waste includes non-renewable precious components as gold, silver & copper. If totally disposed, that would absolutely impose a great financial burden on nations who would waste huge budgets again for mining, and hence the value of the Project and its sustainable outcomes such as reducing pollution, preserving non-renewable natural resources, besides creating jobs.

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SRI Egypt completes A Study Tour to Switzerland and Belgium

The Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Programme has just concluded a 4-day Study Tour for its Egyptian partners and beneficiaries on E-waste and Recycling which took place from 15 to 20 April 2018. The study tour aimed at addressing the questions and concerns among the stakeholders of the present system (Ministries and recycling companies) and providing additional experience for a successful continuation of the efforts of the SRI project Management team and stakeholders.

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SRI & UNDP-GEF Projects Provide Hands-on Training on E-Waste Dismantling

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In continuation of the numerous collaborations between the Swiss SRI Project and UNDP-GEF E-Waste Management Project, the E-Waste Dismantling Training Workshop was jointly co-organized on the 4th & 5th of December 2017. International experts from Sofies and an Italian recycler delivered the hands-on training, which was held in Giza at one of the accredited Egyptian recycling facilities.

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SRI E-Khorda Startups Graduated

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In conclusion of E-Khorda: the SRI incubation programme for e-waste entrepreneurs, a grand event "Startup Nova – Entrepreneurship Explosion" was organized by Innoventures on the 5th of December, 2017 in Cairo. The innovative finalists, who had been endorsed to reach the Startup Reactor’s fourth and final stage, were eligible to present their projects before a high-level panel of experts.

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Steering Committee of the SRI Project holds the Fourth & Last Meeting

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As per schedule, the fourth and last meeting of the steering committee of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Project was held on the 20th of September, 2017. The committee, which was chaired by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), met to regularly monitor the progress of activities against the implementation plan.

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SRI & UNEP/GEF Projects Explore the Establishment of A National Take-Back System for Electrical and Electronic Equipment

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On September 19th, 2017, the Swiss Sustainable Industries (SRI) project, in collaboration with the UNDP/GEF Medical & Electronic Waste Project, organized a Consultation Session on Establishing National Take-Back system for Electrical and Electronic Equipment using Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Financing Mechanism. 

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E-waste Entrepreneurs & Recyclers trained on Environmental Registry Content by SRI

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On 20th August 2017, the Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) management unit based at CEDARE and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) organized a training workshop on Environmental Registry. Participants, who are beneficiaries of SRI Accelerator Programme for existing enterprises and beneficiaries of SRI Entrepreneurship Support and Incubation Programme: E-Khorda, acquired technical and operational competence to obtain environmental registry in the one-day training. 

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SRI & GEF/UNDP Projects codify Efforts in Favor of Supporting Sustainable E-Waste Management


On June 6, 2017, CEDARE as the implementing agency of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) and the UNDP/GEF Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project signed MOU, whereby collaborating efforts in support of a sustainable and sound electronic waste management system in Egypt. Sharing objectives, mandates, and visions, the two projects decided to join forces and integrate efforts to best mobilize resources and optimize impacts boosting the e-waste sector in Egypt. The MOU defines multiple areas of cooperation where each party is committed to in its full capacity. 

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