The WEEE Center visits WorldLoop

From the 10th till the 16th of September, we had the pleasure of receiving Seth Munyambu, manager of the WEEE Center as well as Miriam Ndavi, Head of Technical Team of Computers for School Kenya (CFSK), both located in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal was to have some face to face discussions on past achievements, current challenges and future opportunities, complemented by several visits and presentations with some of our main partners:

  • Bebat, the Belgian battery collection company

This visit showed Seth how battery collection and separation is done in Belgium, both physically (on the sorting and storing site) and in facts & figures. Battery collection and separation in Kenya still needs much improvement. WorldLoop Stibat and Bebat are looking to set up a pilot project at the WEEE Center in this regards.

  • Recupel, organizing the collection and processing of (end-of-life) electronics in Belgium

The challenges and focus points of both Recupel and the WEEE center were discussed, as well as the different awareness and collection campaigns that Recupel uses and that the WEEE Center could be inspired by.

  • EFRA, the European Flame Retardants Association

During a ‘plastics workshop’, we discussed the challenges of fractions like CRT glass, cartridges and certain types of plastic, as well as potential local solutions for these fractions.

As one of Close the Gap’s main partners, Arrow gave us a tour of their refurbishment site, from which especially Miriam learned a lot.

  • 1% Club Platform

Two representatives from this new crowdfunding platform, soon to be launched, gave us an overview of its potential and discussed tailored opportunities for the WEEE Center and CFSK.