Case Study: Repair and redistribution of electronic waste in the retail sector
  May 3, 2022     News, Library, Document, waste, Case Study, waste sector desk, Circular Economy

GreenCape, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, has published a new case study titled: Returning the ‘spark’ to electronic waste: Repair and redistribution of electronic waste in the retail sector.

To access the case study, click here.

This case study, which focusses on electronic waste (e-waste), is written to demonstrate how organisations that repair and refurbish e-waste contribute to a circular economy in a developing country, such as SA. A circular economy keeps products, components, and materials at their highest level of use and/or value for as long as possible.

According to the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA), South Africa generates ~ 6.2 kilograms of e-waste per capita annually and only 12% of that is recycled.

The repair and resale of used electronic goods provides an opportunity for skills development and income generation.

The Appliance Bank recruits unemployed men (most often fathers) and equips them with the technical skills needed to repair damaged and customer-returned small appliances that are received from retail partners.

The Appliance Bank is an example of how waste can become a resource and how a circular economy can preserve and extend the life of what is already made.

The case study is written for:

  • Businesses in the electronics sector wanting to transition to a circular business model and/or contribute to poverty alleviation and social upliftment.
  • Organisations wanting to understand how circular economy initiatives can be successfully implemented in a developing country context.
  • Organisations and individuals wanting to participate in the reuse and repair economy.

To access the full case study, click here.