Argentina to invest in local e-waste recycling

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Argentine national science and technology council Cofecyt and the municipality of San Nicolás have signed a 1.44mn-peso (US$289,543) agreement to fund the local recycling of electronic waste, according to a release from the science and technology ministry Mincyt.

The project aims to reuse and recycle electronic material to make it accessible to low-income students and to prevent environmental damage that is caused when e-waste is not properly disposed of, according to Mincyt minister, Lino Barañao.

The project will include the construction of a sustainable destination to "store the enormous amount of electronic waste that the municipality produces annually" and to prevent fires in landfills, according to the release. The facilities will be able to store up to 280,000kg of e-waste a year.

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In an initial pilot involving five NGOs spreading environmental awareness, the program was able to collect 1.5t of e-waste, including computers, telephones and keyboards.

Cofecyt will provide 800,000 pesos of funding and the municipality will provide an additional 643,000 pesos.