The next National Waste Plan (Valtsu) will be renewed for 2017-2022, and it is currently being prepared by the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). Regions will their make own waste management plans based on Valtsu, and each has different strategies and possibilities (f.ex. existing infrastructure, geography, population and demography). SYKE is focusing on 4 waste streams, and this project in DfG will focus on 1, that is, waste electrical and electronic equipment. This waste stream is not adequately addressed in current recycling targets based on mass. Some electronics contain ‘rare earth’ minerals that are scarce and imported from far away (which adds a political dimension). When these minerals and other harmful substances are not handled properly (for example, outsourced, handled informally or illegally), health and environmental problems can result. Given the difficulties of recycling electronics, extending lifecycles can be a better strategy. This links to additional stakeholders such as those concerned with Producer Responsibility, and consumers (individuals and companies) come to the forefront.
The goal of this project is to produce fresh ideas for Valtsu regarding extending the electronics waste stream. Questions may include: How can lifecycles be made to last longer? How can this be supported by governmental means (taxation, laws, regulations)? What are systemic and behavioral factors? How could repair and maintenance be more attractive and profitable?
Read more about the process in the blogs!
This project was showcased during the 2016 Final Show.
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