E-waste Project

Mine Your Phone!

We have to admit, we all have a broken or unused (smart)phone lying somewhere in the corner of a drawer. What about donating it to a good cause? You are getting rid of your rubbish, we are using it for a good and sustainable cause. That's a win-win! The Green Office is proud to announce the 'Mine Your Phone' project together with Recupel vzw and Out Of Use.

We will plant a tree for every working phone and every 4 non-working phones we collect. Out Of Use will finance this through donations for Natuurpunt vzw.

WHERE AND WHEN TO DONATE YOUR SMARTPHONE

You can donate your (smart)phone in collection boxes located at several libraries throughout Leuven. We will also organise some e-waste related activities where you can donate your phone. Make sure to stay up to date with us if you don't want to miss out! There will be a box in the following locations from 11/3 until 24/3

  • 2Bergen Campus Arenberg
    Willem de Croylaan 6
  • Leercentrum Agora
    Edward van Evenstraat 4
  • Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen
    Naamsestraat 69
  • Universiteitshal
    Naamsestraat 22
  • Artes Erasmushuis
    Blijde Inkomststraat 21
  • Campus Gasthuisberg
    O&N4 Onthaal, Herestraat 49
  • Campus Gasthuisberg
    O&N ALO- Leercentrum Désiré Collen 4th floor, Herestraat 49
  • FaBeR
    Tervuursevest 101
  • Helpdesk ICTS
    W. De Croylaan 52A & 52B
  • Chem & Tech
    Celestijnenlaan 200 F
  • Campus Groep T
    A. Vesaliusstraat 13
  • Bibliotheek Rechtsgeleerdheid
    Tiensestraat 41
  • Green Office
    Zwartzusterstraat 2

Connected Events

12/03
20:00-22:30 , College de Valk Zeger van Hee
For this evening we have invited three guestspeakers with knowledge and experience in e-waste processing and sustainabilty.

  • Recupel vzw. Our partner and the organization responsible for organising the electro waste stream in Belgium
    (https://www.recupel.be/en/)

  • Prof.Dr. Ir. Karel Van Acker. Professor Circular Economy KULeuven.
    (https://vlaanderen-circulair.be/nl/summa-steunpunt-circulaire-economie/onderzoekers/karel-van-acker)

  • Thomas Van Oppens. Groen.
    Municipal officer at city of Leuven, responsible for waste collection and student associations
    (https://www.groenleuven.be/thomas_van_oppens)

14/03
20:00-22:30, location: TBA

  • Docu-evening
    "The E-waste Tragedy"

21/03

  • Café Recupel, Daytime, Alma 3

21/03
The last side event of the e-waste weeks is sure to be interesting with our final two guest spekers!
20:00-22:30, location: TBA

  • Prof. Dr. Katja Biedenkopf. Climate, Energy and Environmental policy.
    (https://soc.kuleuven.be/lines/staff/00097768)

  • Laura Morel. Co-founder of Recy-call
    (https://recy-call.com/)

More information about these events will come soon!

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH OUR SMARTPHONES?

These phones will be processed by companies working on the topic of metal recovery. After the collection, Out Of Use will test them to see which devices can be reused. The non-reusable devices will then go to Umicore, where the final processing happens and valuable elements can be recovered.

Note: By law those companies are obligated to remove ALL data on the phones they deem 'reusable'. Our partners guarantee that your data will be safely removed.

The E-waste team

The E-waste team of the Green Office wants to address the problem of scarcity of metals that are used in electronics. Who does not have an old mobile phone, laptop or printer lying idly in a drawer or in the attic? All that so-called "e-waste" is loaded with rare metals such as gold, silver, copper and palladium. The metals needed to produce electronic devices are currently being massively mined in the South, with devastating ecological and social consequences. However, it can also be different. The metals present in electronic waste could be recovered for 95% by recycling and "Urban Mining". Unfortunately, currently only 1-2% of all mobile phones worldwide are being recycled and we want to do something about this with our E-waste team!

For questions about the e-waste project team you can always contact us through greenoffice or by sending an email to benoit.bergen@student.kuleuven.be

Your E-waste team,
Benoit, Bieke, Eva, Jasper en Pieter!

Contact

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Zwartzustersstraat 2,
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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