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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Netherlands 2017
The E-waste race is an educative project that works on improving the collection of discarded electronics. During an E-waste race 10 schools participate in a challenge to collect as much e-waste as possible.
The average Dutch citizen produces 22 kilograms of e-waste: the collective term for all used and broken devices with a plug, battery or place for a battery. While The Netherlands is the 8th OECD country when it comes to recycling, still only 32% of all e-waste was being recycled according to regulations in 2012. These devices contain valuable and scarce materials, like gold, silver, and palladium. If we don't recycle these devices, these materials will go to waste, and can't be reused in new applications. 10% of the e-waste ended up with the domestic garbage, representing an estimated value loss of 73 million Euro.
The E-waste race is an educative project that works on improving the collection of discarded electronics. During an E-waste race 10 schools participate in a challenge to collect as much e-waste as possible. All participating schools are provided with an educational program about resources and the importance of recycling. On top of that, neighbors can easily offer their old electronics through the E-waste race website. The participating children can then see on an interactive map where they can pick-up e-waste. This saves neighbors a trip to the recycling center and makes recycling fun and easy. Per year, 200 schools with around 5,000 children are reached during 20 races. On average, 13,000 kg of e-waste are collected per race, reaching 260,000 kg per year. This equals a CO2 reduction of 374,400 kg per year!
The unique aspect of this project is the combination of education, a competition, awareness generation in the neighborhood, and actual, tangible e-waste collection. All relevant players come together: schools, children, neighbors, friends and family, the municipality, waste collectors. Direct impact of this project is present with the kids. They, in turn, function as levers in order to involve their surroundings. By going out into the neighborhood, they raise awareness for the race and the underlying issues. In this way, they impact their local environment. By organizing multiple races, at different moments in different regions, this impact is carried all across the Netherlands.
The average Dutch citizen produces 22 kilograms of e-waste. While The Netherlands is the 8th OECD country when it comes to recycling, still only 32% of all e-waste is being recycled. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in the Netherlands carries out e-waste races in cooperation with schools. During these races, children participate in a challenge to collect as much e-waste as possible. Congratulations on your initiative!