Cuenca, with 615,000 inhabitants, is the third largest city in Ecuador and faces significant challenges in the management of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste). The objective of this project is to improve the management of e-waste from collection to recycling. To this end, the existing processes of the municipality-owned waste management company EMAC-EP will be optimized and the existing collection center will be upgraded to a center for e-waste management. The activities take a comprehensive approach of repair, remanufacturing and recycling of electronic equipment. In cooperation with the University of Cuenca, the accompanying training and the sustainability assessment of the processes are also ensured. In the medium term, the project results are to be implemented in other regions of Ecuador and Latin America.
REPIC (Platform for Development Cooperation of the Swiss Confederation; project is carried out for ETH Zurich)