In the presence of high-level government officials and the respective Swiss Ambassadors, launch events for the second phase of the Sustainable Recycling Industries Programme were held in Ghana, Egypt, Colombia and Peru.
SRI and Corona:
Unfortunately, also the SustainableRecyling Industries Programme was affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the lock-downs in all SRI countries, most field activities had to be rescheduled. Nevertheless, the SRI programme did not suffer from any significant slow-down as the programmes implementation phase was only about to start and field work could be replaced by preparational desk work.
The Programme Management Office, in close collaboration with the respective country-teams, is closely monitoring the global situation and will adapt the next steps accordingly.
New SRI publications:
"Processing of WEEE plastics – a practical handbook"
This handbook contains the knowledge and materials gathered throughout past activities of the SRI-Programme related to WEEE plastic recycling and management. It is focused on simple methods for plastic sorting, depollution and processing as well as the assessment of local solutions for hazardous plastic fractions in developing and emerging economies.
"Pilot Testing on the Guidance Principles for the Sustainable Management of Secondary Metals"
A pilot testing for the ISO IWA 19: 2017 Guidance Principles for Inclusive and Sustainable Recycling was conducted by SRI partners in 10 facilities in Colombia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa, in one large recyclers association in Ghana and with support of 13 informal workers in South Africa and Peru. The aim of the pilot testing initiative was to assess the feasibility and acceptance of implementing the ISO IWA 19 for each of the diverse economic operators engaged.
The full report can be retrieved by clicking on this link.
News from the country-teams
"New collaborative effort on Standard Operating Procedures for battery recycling launched"
SRI has entered a cooperative agreement with the International Lead Association (ILA), the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (Eurobat), Battery Council International (BCI) and the Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR). The goal of the collaboration is to address the problem of unsound lead battery recycling in a combined effort of auditor qualification, systematic baseline audits and development of improvement plans for all battery recycling facilities in Ghana. To ensure that the initiative’s momentum is maintained, and improvement processes are continued on a permanent basis, the Government of Ghana asked SRI to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for this sector. Read more by clicking on the image below.