Electronic waste recycler Enviroserve has become the latest leading international business to partner with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, joining a roster that includes some of the world’s largest manufacturers, retailers, and logistics firms.
Enviroserve, which is headquartered in Dubai, began with collecting and dismantling mobile phones, but has grown to become one of the world’s largest electronics recyclers and processers. The company offers full-service e-waste recycling from a state-of-the-art facility featuring Swiss technology that surpasses strict EU standards for e-waste recycling.
“We are delighted to partner with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and look forward to working with them to tackle some of the critical challenges faced by the e-waste recycling industry,” said Stuart Fleming, Enviroserve’s Managing Partner. “E-waste constitutes one of the fastest-growing solid waste streams, and we must strive to develop new ways to reduce its environmental impact. This partnership represents an opportunity to do just that. Facilitating the cross-border movement of e-waste is a vital step toward creating a circular economy for electronics.”
Enviroserve and the Alliance are exploring a project aimed at bolstering the circular economy by facilitating the environmentally sound, cross-border movement of electronic waste. Indeed, many developing and least-developed countries have limited capacity to handle e-waste. An insufficient number of global facilities can process such waste at the requisite quality and scale for reintegration into new products, leading to the need for its movement across borders.
As part of the Alliance’s focus on e-waste, in collaboration with Enviroserve and the Government of Rwanda, it is hosting an innovation sprint, or hackathon, on 26-28 November 2021. The entirely virtual event will include 48 hours to source creative solutions for three of the most pressing challenges facing e-waste, including two focused on trade facilitation. It is open to anyone with innovative concepts that will work for the collection and cross-border movement of e-waste for reprocessing.
“The Alliance is excited to welcome Enviroserve as a partner,” said Philippe Isler, Director of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. “The company will provide us with invaluable expertise for initiatives like our upcoming hackathon, helping us address trade facilitation’s role in the circular economy of the future. Our collaboration with Enviroserve will greatly enhance our ability to deliver meaningful reforms that help governments implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.”