Throughout the period from 15 to 17 May, 2017, the second training workshop on “E-Waste Recycling Technologies” took place in Cairo. The training was mutually organized by the Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries project (SRI) and the GEF/UNDP Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project sharing the same objectives and visions, and was a continuation of the first training organized one month earlier.
The technical training targeted existing recyclers, start-ups and entrepreneurs from the private sector (both formal and informal), government officials from the Waste Management Regulatory Authority and Ministry of Environment, entrepreneurs receiving incubators services, relevant NGOs, in addition to members of the technical committees and advisory boards of the SRI & GEF/UNDP Projects.
Prominent and international experts representing the SRI Project, CEDARE, GEF/UNDP Project, together with consultants of the Egyptian Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Communication and Information Technology contributed interactive theoretical and practical training on e-waste sustainable management at large and covered specific modules in the promising industry as well.
The objective of the three-day technical training is awareness raising and capacity building in e-waste sustainable management and recycling technologies at large. Numerous areas were specifically tackled namely; business models, opportunities and challenges in the Egyptian market, recycling in formal and informal sectors, adaptation, health and environmental impact of sound recycling, conformity and accreditation, legislation and its applications. The first day was fully scheduled to “Train the Trainers for Auditors” enabling them to perform environmental audits of e-waste dismantling/recycling facilities. Trainees included around 20 inspectors from the Central Department for Inspection and Environmental Conformity of the Ministry of Environment from greater Cairo, Suez, Alexandria, Mansoura, Sharqia, Beheira, and Red Sea governorates. (See Agenda: http://web.cedare.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Training-Agenda-Auditors-15May.pdf)
On the other hand, the second day involved intense training programs on “E-waste Recycling Chain (Best Available Technologies-BAT & Best Environmental Process-BEP)” and “Fractions after dismantling and recycling (cost/effectiveness analysis of BAT/BEP)”. The third and last day included a practical training on “BAT & BEP of plastics sorting, dismantling and final treatment”; “Technical Support Program for Formal Recyclers”; besides “Business Modeling”. (See Agenda: http://web.cedare.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Training-Agenda-1617May.pdf)