Ecopartner – Ecuador

Partners

Ecopartner Ltd., Horgen,
www.ecopartner.ch,
Heinz Böni

Project Type:

Pilot project

Technology:

Resource efficiency

Country:

Ecuador

Project Status:

Ongoing

Project Start:

2021

End of Project:

2023

Contract:

2021.02

Swiss Contribution

The Swiss partners Ecopartner, ETH Zurich and Solenthaler Recycling have many years of experience in e-waste management and circular economy strategies in Switzerland, as well as internationally, especially in Latin America.

Description

Cuenca is the third-largest city in Ecuador with 615,000 inhabitants and is facing significant challenges in e-waste management.

This project’s goal is to improve e-waste management; from collection to recycling. To achieve this, the current processes of the municipality’s own waste management company, EMAC-EP, are being optimised, and the existing collection point is being expanded into an e-waste management center.  The activities take a comprehensive approach towards repairing, reprocessing and recycling electronic equipment. The accompanying training and the sustainability assessment of the processes are also ensured, in cooperation with the University of Cuenca. In the medium term, the project results are also to be implemented in other regions of Ecuador and Latin America.