Sustainable Recycling Industries: September 2016 Newsletter
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Fighting for survival is not equal to illegal work – presentation at EGG2016 in Berlin, 7-9 September 2016

At the Electronics Goes Green (EGG) Conference in Berlin, Sonia Valdivia of the World Resources Forum presented the SRI Guidance Principles addressing how the poor of the poor in developing countries can be integrated into sustainable metal recycling chains. She pointed out that most individuals involved in waste picking and crude recycling are merely making enough money to buy food for their families. As such they should not be confused with business activities that purposely desire to bypass national and/or local laws and regulations. Read more about this presentation and download the full paper. 
ISO IWA 19 Session # 3, 7 - 8 July 2016

This event was held at the IUCN Conservation Centre in Gland, Switzerland, and was attended by 30 participants. The ISO IWA 19 Workshop Session #3 was organised by the SRI Roundtable with the aim to get feedback on the recently launched 'Draft 2' of the Guidance Principles for the Sustainable Management of Secondary Metals. Extensive discussions were held on 'Worst Practices', 'Child Labour', the 'Stepwise Approach towards Formalisation' and 'Most significant environmental issues' associated with the recovery of secondary metals. The discussions also covered the Governance aspects after the publication of the Guidance Principles. Download the report of the Session #3.
Key outcomes of the local consultation in Bangalore, India, 28 June 2016

With support of Sofies India and Saahas Zero Waste,  a SRI stakeholder consultation workshop was organised in Bangalore, India, with the aim to obtain feedback on the Guidance Principles for the Sustainable Management of Secondary Metals. Bangalore is known for being a big IT hub in India where a number of SME's, metal traders and informal sector recyclers is based and spread across different localities. Various stakeholders attended the workshops and discussed topics such as hazardous and dangerous recycling activities, material sources, downstream material use and drivers for formalisation. 
Roundtable on ‘Sustainable Resource Management – Urban Mining’, 9 June 2016, Viña del Mar, Chile
About 12 organizations attended the Roundtable discussion held on 9 June in Viña del Mar, Chile, in conjunction with the 5th Seminar of the Iberoamerican Life Cycle Network. The Ministry of Environment of Chile and recycling companies such as Gerdau (steel recycler), Chilenter (e-waste recycler) and TriCiclos (waste recycler) were among the participants. The discussion was timely, as only in June 2016, the Chilean law on Extended Producer Responsibility (REP) had been issued. This regulation defines six groups of waste to be focused on including e-waste. Read more one the outcomes.
Key Messages: Roadmap for Latin America. WRF- SRI & RECPNet Workshop, 18 May 2016, Costa Rica
About 40 participants joined the WRF- SRI & RECPNet workshop which was held on 18 May 2016 in Costa Rica. The workshop provided an update on current activities aboutrecycling of waste that contains metals in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It also provided space to discuss potential next steps towards a roadmap and cooperation opportunities at a regional level. Read more about  key messages as well as outcomes of the workshop. 

"Managing hazardous additives in WEEE plastic from the Indian informal sector" report now available!
As part of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) initiative in India, a study was conducted on low-tech, low-cost methods to identify and segregate plastics containing hazardous additives. Scientists from Empa, in collaboration with Indian partners from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), collected plastic samples from the informal recycling sector in New Delhi in order to analyse the content of hazardous materials and evaluate potential separation methods regarding their applicability, safety and efficiency in the informal sector. Read more.
Baseline Assessment on E-waste Management in Ghana

Based on field investigations in Ghana by the Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre, World Resources Forum (WRF), Öko-Institut e.V and Sofies, a baseline assessment report on e-waste management was produced. This report is part of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) initiative in Ghana and contains an overview on companies active in e-waste management, an update of the situation in Agbogbloshie, a description of the structure and environmental impacts of the lead-acid battery recycling industry and an overview and status on regulatory initiatives on e-waste in Ghana. The document also discusses the role of standards and guidelines in Ghana. Download the report. 
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