E-waste Project

Mine Your Phone

We have to admit, we all have a broken or unused (smart)phone lying somewhere in the corner of a drawer. What about donating it to a good cause? You are getting rid of your rubbish, we are using it for a good and sustainable cause. That's a win-win! The Green Office is proud to announce the 'Mine Your Phone' project together with Recupel vzw and Out Of Use.

We will plant a tree for every working phone and every 4 non-working phones we collect. Out Of Use will finance this through donations for Natuurpunt vzw.


You can donate your (smart)phone in collection boxes located at several libraries throughout Leuven. We will also organise some e-waste related activities where you can donate your phone. Make sure to stay up to date with us if you don't want to miss out! There will be a box in the following locations from 11/3 until 24/3

  • 2Bergen Campus Arenberg
    Willem de Croylaan 6
  • Leercentrum Agora
    Edward van Evenstraat 4
  • Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen
    Naamsestraat 69
  • Universiteitshal
    Naamsestraat 22
  • Artes Erasmushuis
    Blijde Inkomststraat 21
  • Campus Gasthuisberg
    O&N4 Onthaal, Herestraat 49
  • Campus Gasthuisberg
    O&N ALO- Leercentrum Désiré Collen 4th floor, Herestraat 49
  • FaBeR
    Tervuursevest 101, Topsporthal
  • Helpdesk ICTS
    W. De Croylaan 52A & 52B
  • Onthaal technische diensten
    Willem de Croylaan 60A, 2nd floor
  • Chem & Tech
    Celestijnenlaan 200 F
  • Campus Groep T
    A. Vesaliusstraat 13
  • Bibliotheek Rechtsgeleerdheid
    Tiensestraat 41
  • Green Office
    Zwartzusterstraat 2
  • ESAT (Department of Electrical Engineering)
    Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 bus 2440

Collection points in other cities

  • KU Leuven Campus Brugge
    Spoorwegstraat 12, 8200 Brugge
  • KU Leuven Campus Kulak Onthaal
    E. Sabbelaan 53, 8500 Kortrijk


  • Decanaat FEB KU Leuven campus Brussel
    T'Serclaes lokaal B-06-16, Warmoesberg 26, 1000 Brussel
  • Minéén studentenrestaurant
    Warmoesberg 26, 1000 Brussel
  • Hermes break room 1ste verdiep
    Stormstraat 2, 1000 Brussel

Connected Events

20:00-22:30 Maria-Theresiacollege (MTC, 01.03). Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven

For this evening we have invited three guestspeakers with knowledge and experience in e-waste processing and sustainabilty.

  • Prof.Dr. Ir. Karel Van Acker. Professor Circular Economy KULeuven.

  • David Dessers: Schepen voor Klimaat en Duurzaamheid at the city of Leuven

  • Recupel vzw. Our partner and the organization responsible for organising the electro waste stream in Belgium

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20:00-22:30, location: Leo XII PI 00.03 - Andreas Vesaliusstraat 2, 3000 Leuven

  • Docu-evening
    "The E-waste Tragedy"

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12:00-18:00, location: Alma 3 - Steengroevenlaan 3, 3001 Leuven

  • Café Recupel,

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The last side event of the e-waste weeks is sure to be interesting with our final two guest spekers!
20:00-22:30, location: Maria-Theresiacollege (MTC, 01.03). Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven

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These phones will be processed by companies working on the topic of metal recovery. After the collection, Out Of Use will test them to see which devices can be reused. The non-reusable devices will then go to Umicore, where the final processing happens and valuable elements can be recovered.

Note: By law those companies are obligated to remove ALL data on the phones they deem 'reusable'. Our partners guarantee that your data will be safely removed.

The E-waste team

The E-waste team of the Green Office wants to address the problem of scarcity of metals that are used in electronics. Who does not have an old mobile phone, laptop or printer lying idly in a drawer or in the attic? All that so-called "e-waste" is loaded with rare metals such as gold, silver, copper and palladium. The metals needed to produce electronic devices are currently being massively mined in the South, with devastating ecological and social consequences. However, it can also be different. The metals present in electronic waste could be recovered for 95% by recycling and "Urban Mining". Unfortunately, currently only 1-2% of all mobile phones worldwide are being recycled and we want to do something about this with our E-waste team!

For questions about the e-waste project team you can always contact us through greenoffice or by sending an email to benoit.bergen@student.kuleuven.be

Your E-waste team,

Benoit Bergen
Bieke Vandaele
Eva Bonaert
Jasper Raymenants
Pieter De Wint


Question? Idea?
Let us know! Mail us at greenoffice@kuleuven.be

Zwartzustersstraat 2,
3000 Leuven

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