Toxic E-waste Treatment Extends to Chile

WorldLoop and Chilenter, an ICT4Dev organization based in Chile, recently entered into a partnership together to combat the growing e-waste challenges faced locally.

A study completed by StEP (United Nation’s Solving the E-waste Initiative) indicates that in 2012 more than 266,000 tons of electronic equipment was put on the market in Chile. The same year, over 185,000 tons of e-waste was generated. 

Chilenter currently operates a medium to large e-waste collection, refurbishment and dismantling facility in Chile. WorldLoop supports Chilenter through technical expertise and by offering recycling services for complex and hazardous materials working with best in class recycling companies worldwide.

Chilenter has been a longtime partner of Computer Aid, a UK based ICT for Development organization supplying quality reused equipment to developing countries. Computer Aid was interested in ensuring a sustainable end supply chain for the e-waste fractions from ICT for development projects they supported. With this motivation, a new partnership between WorldLoop and Chilenter was forged. The first container of toxic, leadded CRT glass is enroute to Coolrec, WorldLoop’s partner who provides CRT glass treatment as an in-kind CSR contribution.