Most devices from business and public administration are discarded when considered amortized, and although they still have a value for use and are suitable for reuse, they are scrapped (recycled), or illegally exported to other countries via informal reuse circuits. The positive aspects of reuse are well understood, reuse effectively contributes to develop a circular economy, strengthen the creation of local employment, prevent the generation of waste, and reduce the digital divide. However, why is it such a minority practice? When companies, governments or individuals need to get rid of their computers and digital devices to have a new life (reuse), they don’t know where to turn. This results in most Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) being recycled even though the explicit demand for reuse. Public authorities and business are willing to promote the positive aspects of reuse, but without a traceability solution and a commitment from consumers for reused products, it is uncertain if reused digital devices may end up being exported illegally and potentially polluting the environment. Such risk and slippage is the main drawback in the promotion and the practice of reuse in public and private organisations. Today in most cities don’t have an ecosystem capable of avoiding the premature recycling of electronics. This ecosystem begins with empowering reuse centers by reducing its operation costs and offering to them open-source decentralized technologies for reliable traceability and reporting to public authorities.
The Electronic Reuse mission is empower and engage people around the world to maximize reuse while ensuring final recycling. Electronic Reuse coalition of members and partners will play a critical role – they’ll bring together the skills and expertise necessary to help sustain and grow a local ecosystem; providing training and support for fostering circular economy of electronics, boosts digital inclusion and reduce e-waste. Provide platforms and a space to rapidly test out new ideas in practice, with quick assessments; allow fast learning across a community of innovators; and establish clear pathways for scaling up the most promising circular economy models.