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E-waste recycling days

Partner: In – house project
Budget: EUR 8,000

In order to promote electronic waste re-use, recycling, and its reduction Globalworth Foundation organized e-waste collection days accompanied by an education campaign on proper handling of end-of-life electronic equipment among Globalworth tenants. As a result, 2 tonnes of small electrical and electronic equipment were collected which will be recycled and properly disposed of. 

In fifteen Globalworth-owned buildings in Poland, tenant companies and their employees were encouraged to dispose of any computers, mobile phones, printers, monitors, power cables, batteries and other electrical items into electronic waste recycling stations. E-waste collected was forwarded to an organisation for the recovery of electrical and electronic equipment.

Tenants of Lubicz Park in Kraków, Spektrum Tower in Warsaw, Retro Office House in Wrocław and Silesia Star in Katowice had the chance to take part in an electro waste quiz competition. By correctly answering a question related to the theme of the campaign and bringing e-waste they were awarded with a plant with air purifying properties.

A clean environment is essential for healthy leaving. It is important to take all possible measures to protect our planet. Correctly disposing of e-waste ensures that hazardous materials can be treated appropriately and the recyclable components can be recovered for re-use. By creating the electro waste campaign Globalworth Foundation wants to educate and encourages people to take action towards improving life and care for the environmentsays Weronika Kurnatowska, CSR Coordinator of the Globalworth Foundation in Poland.

 Electronic waste is world’s growing problem. The cycle of consumption has made electronic waste the fastest-growing solid waste stream in the world. The consequences of improper e-waste disposal in landfills pose serious threats to public health and can pollute ecosystems for future generations.

It is estimated that nearly 60 percent of electro-waste placed on the market in Poland is currently recycled. Although this result stands out against the European average (42.5 percent), in practice it also means that less than 200,000 tonnes of electro-waste per year in the country is not going through the process of recycling.