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
Collection points in other cities
20:00-22:30 Maria-Theresiacollege (MTC, 01.03). Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven
For this evening we have invited three guestspeakers with knowledge and experience in e-waste processing and sustainabilty.
Prof.Dr. Ir. Karel Van Acker. Professor Circular Economy KULeuven.
David Dessers: Schepen voor Klimaat en Duurzaamheid at the city of Leuven
Recupel vzw. Our partner and the organization responsible for organising the electro waste stream in Belgium
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20:00-22:30, location: Leo XII PI 00.03 - Andreas Vesaliusstraat 2, 3000 Leuven
12:00-18:00, location: Alma 3 - Steengroevenlaan 3, 3001 Leuven
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: Maria-Theresiacollege (MTC, 01.03). Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven
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.
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 email@example.com
Your E-waste team,
Pieter De Wint
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