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COURSE 5 - INCLUSIVE & SUSTAINABLE E-WASTE RECYCLING

Welcome to Inclusive and sustainable e-waste recycling

Tackling the worldwide explosion of e-waste is one of the most important global challenges of our time - and getting it right for people, planet, and profit means balancing a number of different competing interests. 

This course will show how the most successful models are those that take this complexity into account and encourage inclusive and sustainable participation of small and medium enterprises: making sure that so-called 'informal workers' are still able to make a living by working on the safer part of the recycling chain, leaving the more hazardous parts to facilities that can manage the e-waste safely.    

You will also learn how thinking inclusively and sustainably can offer great business opportunities!

The aim of the Inclusive and sustainable e-waste recycling course is to provide practical examples and guidance on how environmentally sound e-waste management and recycling is being and can be put into action, especially in developing countries and countries in transition.

The Inclusive and sustainable e-waste recycling  section of the MOOC contains the following topics:

  • Managing the future of e-waste recycling
  • All about ESM - the strategic way to plan the least amount of waste from consumer products
  • How other countries are dealing with their domestic recycling processes
  • The commercial and business opportunities in the field of international recycling
  • A quiz and summary.

 

This course fits into the overall MOOC as follows:

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In order to help you achieve the learning outcomes, the Inclusive and sustainable e-waste recycling course includes rich e-learning content, videos and links to a range of publications and websites.

 

We know however that active learning leads to the best results, so we've included a variety of hands-on learning activities, that include research and applying the knowledge you gain, to help you to get the most out of it, including:

  • Making improvements to battery recycling
  • One step towards environmentally sound management (ESM) of e-waste
  • Challenges, opportunities and innovation in ESM and recycling technology
  • How can I play a part in green e-waste recycling?
  • Decision making game: ESM in action
  • Worst and good practice in recycling 
  • Your role in enabling good practice
  • Sustainable business models and e-waste businesses.

 

What else is on offer?

  • Interactive questions and quizzes in the learning nuggets 
  • Worksheets to guide you through deeper learning activities 
  • Community group peer-to-peer discussions linked to the main learning material. 

 

This course is for anyone with an interest in the topic of e-waste. Whether you’re a student, entrepreneur, innovator, industrialist or policy maker or take any other role, the course will increase your knowledge and potentially germinate new thinking and ideas.

This course will be of special interest to recyclers and other enterprises/people working to improve e-waste management.

You do not need any prior knowledge of the topics to complete this course.

 

This course was prepared as part of the E-waste Challenge MOOC by authors: EIT Climate-KIC, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)- administered ©Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (BRS/UNEP) and KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium).

Special thanks go to

  • World Resources Forum (WRF) or sharing worst/best recycling practice insights and guidance for participants on ISO standard IWA 19:2017 – Guidance principles for the sustainable management of secondary metals.
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for providing information on relevant ITU Standards (ITU-T Recommendations) that support environmentally sound management (ESM) of e-waste: watch out for the ITU logo to access links and information about the relevant standards. 



With special thanks to all organizations contributing to the E-Waste Challenge MOOC:

  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • EIT RawMaterials
  • World Resources Forum (WRF).

To complete the course, allow yourself approximately these timings:

Working through the e-learning screens: 2.5 hours
Learning activities and additional resources/exploration: 5 hours

Total 7.5 hours

EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. We are supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.

"If we want to support mindset shifts and systems change, we think that it is essential to make knowledge broadly accessible, not only explaining the risks and challenges, but also sharing insights on already available solutions and on how every single individual contribution is crucial for keeping global warming well below 2°."

- Sira Saccani, Director of the Sustainable Production Systems Team at EIT Climate-KIC

Course benefits

Online, self-paced course.

Standards and guidance on inclusive recycling.

Group discussions in the online community.

Free certificate of completion.

For more information on this course, or to request a certificate for completing all five courses, please contact us by email at: onlineeducation@climate-kic.org

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Explain what is included in an environmentally sound management (ESM) framework
  • Describe one step towards ESM that could be made by your facility, town, or country
  • Apply the principles of e-waste environmentally sound management in a range of situations
  • Compare and contrast worst practice e-waste recycling activities and their impacts with good practice e-waste recycling activities and their benefits
  • Summarize the principles and key aspects of the ISO/IWA 19:2017 – a framework for the sustainable management of secondary metals
  • Discuss the opportunities that exist for producers and retailers, new businesses, and communities and individuals in addressing the e-waste challenge

To join this course, all you need to do is select the green Enrol button on this page. If you haven’t already registered on the site, you will be prompted to do this when you enrol.

At the present time, the course is only available in English.

Once you have completed this course you will receive a certificate of completion. You will be able to download the certificate directly from this course page.

If you complete all five courses in the E-Waste Challenge MOOC, you can request a certificate of completion for the full MOOC by contacting us by email at: onlineeducation@climate-kic.org

Content for the five E-Waste Challenge courses is provided by a core team and partners for specific courses:

  • The UNEP administered Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP/BRS)
  • EIT Climate-KIC
  • EIT RawMaterials and KU Leuven World Health Organization (WHO) - course 3
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - course 4
  • World Resources Forum (WRF) - course 5

Each of the courses has been designed and developed by EIT Climate-KIC’s Online Education Team in collaboration with the core team and partners specified above.  

Please refer to the About the Course screens for an overview and breakdown related to the reading, video and activities each course provides. The introduction screen of each individual lesson also gives a guideline time for completion.

We expect that a minimum 1mbps internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbps and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. EIT Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.

All of EIT Climate-KIC’s courses are accessible on smartphone, tablet, and desktop. For some courses, you may also need access to a printer in order to print off work sheets and to complete offline activities. If you have any issues accessing our courses on these devices, please contact our technical support team https://learning.climate-kic.org/en/support

When you register on the EIT Climate-KIC portal you automatically become a part of our learning community. You can then use the Group set up for the course to seek help from other community members.

Start by introducing yourself in the Group that has been set up for your set up for your course. You can also add details to your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are. You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself. In the community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged!

Some universities are delivering our E-Waste Challenge as part of their ongoing curriculum. If you are a student with one of these universities, your tutor may ask for additional work to meet the university accreditation standards – or you may be asked to complete part of the course alongside your other studies. Either way, this is a great opportunity to join in conversations with people from all walks of life who are joining together in their concern over the future of our planet.

Yes! You are welcome. We think the course has something for everyone. If you don’t want to follow the course but are interested in getting involved only in the discussions, your presence would be a great help to others who may have questions to ask.

You and your students can use any or all of the materials once enrolled in each course. If you would like your own group area just for you and your students, that can be arranged. Please contact us by email at: onlineeducation@climate-kic.org

No - unless you want to. Many of the activities allow you to read as much or as little as you want. It’s your choice. But it is always good to be able to read quickly to get the key information we need, or just an overall idea of what something is about. The techniques we use to do this are called skimming and scanning, and they are useful in any language. There are many resources online about this; here are two:  http://www.sussex.ac.uk/s3/?id=81  http://esl.about.com/od/englishreadingskills/a/readingskills.htm

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Explain what is included in an environmentally sound management (ESM) framework
  • Describe one step towards ESM that could be made by your facility, town, or country
  • Apply the principles of e-waste environmentally sound management in a range of situations
  • Compare and contrast worst practice e-waste recycling activities and their impacts with good practice e-waste recycling activities and their benefits
  • Summarize the principles and key aspects of the ISO/IWA 19:2017 – a framework for the sustainable management of secondary metals
  • Discuss the opportunities that exist for producers and retailers, new businesses, and communities and individuals in addressing the e-waste challenge
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Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Explain what is included in an environmentally sound management (ESM) framework
  • Describe one step towards ESM that could be made by your facility, town, or country
  • Apply the principles of e-waste environmentally sound management in a range of situations
  • Compare and contrast worst practice e-waste recycling activities and their impacts with good practice e-waste recycling activities and their benefits
  • Summarize the principles and key aspects of the ISO/IWA 19:2017 – a framework for the sustainable management of secondary metals
  • Discuss the opportunities that exist for producers and retailers, new businesses, and communities and individuals in addressing the e-waste challenge