Switzerland and Egypt sign Agreement to Support E-Waste Recycling in Egypt

SRI Agreement Signature

On March 10th, 2016, the Embassy of Switzerland signed an agreement with Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology titled “Sustainable Recycling Industries in Egypt”. It aims at supporting sustainable integration and participation of small and medium enterprises in recycling of electronic waste in Egypt. Electronic 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 batteries.

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CEDARE Showcases SRI Impact on Egypt at the WRF’23

On 5 September 2023, and as part of the WRF’23 in Geneva, Ms. Ghada Moghny, Senior Programme Coordinator at CEDARE delivered a presentation on the “Sustainable Recycling Industries Impact on Egypt”, as part of the scientific session titled “E-waste frameworks, business models and management”. Ms. Moghny overviewed the Egyptian e-waste management scene and the dramatic positive changes rapidly taking place day after day. Read more…

Adopting the Swiss model: CEDARE conducts TOT on E-waste Recycling Conformity Assessment under SRI

The Sustainable Recycling Industries – SRI Project in Egypt – has organized a 7-days TOT on E-waste Recycling Conformity Assessment in Cairo in June 2023. The training was delivered by experts from DSS and EMPA in Switzerland in collaboration with the SRI Egypt team and aimed at building the capacities of 20 calibers qualifying them to audit Egyptian e-waste recyclers.

SRI E-waste Metal Extraction Audit in Egypt


Under the umbrella of collaboration that was formed by the SRI programme with the Ministry of Environment (MoE), and with the Ministry’s request, SRI recruited an international expert in the metal extraction of precious metals from e-waste to visit the formal recyclers and inspect their process to validate, support and advise on the status of the process and assist in developing their methods if needed and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of metal extraction in Egypt.

SRI- EPR Field Study Tour

The SRI programme commenced working on the Extended Producer’s Responsibility and organized a Study Tour for participants from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), EgyptEgyptian Ministry of Environment and the Electronics Research Institute, with the aim to gain insights on both theoretical and practical levels on #EPR mechanisms for #electronics. We had 3 days full of engaging discussions, interesting field visits, good food and a lot of fun. Many thanks to all speakers, visitors, the organising team from dss⁺ and Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and our guides at the sites we visited.

Ministry of Environment Cooperation Meetings

Under the umbrella of collaboration that was formed between the Ministry of Environment (MoE), Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT) and the SRI programme that commenced since the first phase of the programme and was emphasized by the involvement of MoE as a main stakeholder in the Steering Committee meetings and in the implementation of the activities and objectives of the project that is in line with the Ministry’s rules and regulations.

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Steering Committee Meetings

The Steering Committee’s role is to provide advice, ensure delivery of the project outputs and the achievement of project outcomes. … Providing advice (and sometimes making decisions) about changes to the project as it develops. The Steering Committee provides support, guidance, and oversight of progress. The Steering Committee is scheduled to twice a year which is headed by MCIT, and the members of the committee are consists of representatives of the Swiss Embassy, Sofies, CEDARE, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment and guests who are invited based on the agenda and objectives of each individual committee meeting.

Establishment of the Take-Back Sub Committee

The Take-back sub-committee was established under the National E-waste Committee headed by the Ministry of Environment, with a focus on the analysis of the economic conditions and possible financing mechanisms for the Egyptian context including the financial implications.

As input for the sub-committee on financing mechanisms and recycling targets, the SRI team will host a webinar on EPR systems, conduct a benchmark study on recycling target setting, and start developing calculation mechanisms to set recycling targets in Egypt.  Together with sub-committee, definition and planning of political milestones, responsibilities, and indicators in a roadmap in order to implement the policy. Meetings are scheduled to be conducted monthly and the first meeting convened in April, June, July and August 2021.