E-waste recycling and urban mining: part of a circular economy?

Did you know that globally, we have already consumed about one quarter of the total supply of rare metals for the production of electronic devices? We could change this. The metals present in electronic waste could be recovered up to 95% by recycling and by “urban mining”, which is a part of the idea of circular economy. Circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources. How do we execute this concept in real life?

We have invited 3 guest speakers with knowledge and experience in e-waste processing and sustainability. Each of them will give their insights about the topic from their background, followed by an exciting panel discussion moderated by one of the initiators of the collection event in Leuven.

? First speaker: Prof. Dr. Ir. Karel Van Acker: Professor in Circular Economy at KULeuven. (https://vlaanderen-circulair.be/nl/summa-steunpunt-circulaire-economie/onderzoekers/karel-van-acker )

? Second speaker: David Dessers: Schepen voor Klimaat en Duurzaamheid at the city of Leuven (https://daviddessers.wordpress.com/)

?Third speaker: Recupel vzw: Our partner and the organisation responsible for organising the electro waste stream in Belgium

? Program ?

20h: Evening introduction
20.15h: Prof.Dr. Ir. Karel Van Acker
20.45h: David Dessers
21.15h: Break with free drinks & bites
21.30h: Recupel VZW
22.00h: Panel discussion
22.30h: Open dialogue with the audience, followed by a FREE RECEPTION

? Mine your phone ?

This event is a side-event of the e-waste weeks (11-24 march) in which we collect old phones to recycle. For more info, check the facebook event: Mine your phone – (smart)phone collection


12 March 2019


19:00 - 21:30


MTC1 01.03
MTC1 01.03 Leuven Belgium 3000