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Posts Tagged ‘e-Waste’

SU e-Waste update

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The IT Division’s e-waste programme continues to quietly do the right thing behind the scenes. During the period July 2012 to April 2013, Cape e-Waste Recyclers, our e-waste contractors, removed the following items from the on-campus e-waste depot for responsible disposal and recycling:

  • 325 Computers
  • 162 Printers and Scanners
  • 269 Monitors
  • 3 boxes of general e-waste.

The procedures by which IT assets should be decommissioned and placed into the e-waste stream are detailed on the IT Help wiki: e-Waste Procedures.

Die prosedures om IT-bates uit diens te haal en in die e-afval stroom te plaas is op die IT Help wiki beskikbaare-Afval Prosedures.

Greenpeace’s Green Electronics Survey #3

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Greenpeace’s latest Green Electronics Survey reveals that 18 companies participated and that there has been a “general improvement in green features” since the 2008 and 2009 surveys. Notebooks, desktops, netbooks, smartphones, mobile phones, monitors and TVs are assessed against the following criteria:

  • The use of hazardous chemical substances (e.g. PVC, BFRs, phthalates, etc.)
  • Power consumption by the products (benchmarked against the Energy Star standard)
  • Product lifecycle (including use of recycled plastic, take-back programmes, etc.)
  • Innovation and marketing (data about the manufacturing footprint, consumer information, etc.).

In desktops, HP Compaq’s 6005 Pro Ultra-slim came out tops while in smartphones the Sony-Ericsson Aspen (M1) beat out Nokia’s N8-00. Once again Apple declined to participate.

View Greenpeace’s “snapshot of results” or download the full report (pdf).

One wonders how many buying decisions are influenced by such a survey….?

SA Green IT SIG Webinar 3

Friday, November 19th, 2010

South Africa’s higher education IT sector held its third Green IT special interest group (SIG) webinar today under the auspices of the South African University Directors of Information Technology (ASAUDIT).  There were 11 participants from SU, UCT, NMMU, UP, UNISA and UJ. Kimon de Greeff and Charl Souma of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Adriaan Vorster of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) presented on the following:

  1. Kimon – UCT’s online car pooling systems for students, RideLink
  2. Adriaan – UJ’s renovation of its data centre cooling
  3. Charl – update on UCT’s e-waste initiative
  4. Charl – UCT’s energy-monitoring system under implementation.


The Story of Electronics

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Story of Stuff Project has released a new animated film, The Story of Electronics, hosted by Annie Leonard, the creator of the hit viral video The Story of Stuff. The film takes on the electronics industry about e-Waste. It argues for “product take back” and for companies to manufacture less toxic, more easily recyclable and longer lasting products. It’s an entertaining but pointed way to get the message across to us gadget geeks …

Did she mention “take back” laws in South Africa? Er …. no.

Benchmarking Sustainable IT at universities

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Our peers in Australia (CAUDIT) have progressed much further with benchmarking between universities – including benchmarking on the sustainable IT or “green IT” front. South Africa’s equivalent HE IT association, ASAUDIT, has largely adopted CAUDIT’s benchmarking metrics. The Green IT benchmarking metrics are discussed briefly below.


e-Waste procedures

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The procedures by which IT assets should be decommissioned and placed into the e-waste stream are detailed on the IT Help wiki: e-Waste Procedures

Die prosedures om IT-bates uit diens te haal en in die e-afval stroom te plaas is op die IT Help wiki beskikbaar: e-Afval Prosedures

SA Green IT SIG Webinar 2

Friday, April 30th, 2010

South Africa’s higher education sector held its second Green IT special interest group (SIG) webinar yesterday under the auspices of the South African University Directors of Information Technology (ASAUDIT).  There were 13 participants from SU, UCT, NMMU and RU. Charl Souma of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Dolf Krige from Stellenbosch University (SU) each gave a slide and audio presentation on sustainable IT initiatives on their respective campuses via Adobe Connect’s webinar infrastructure. (more…)

e-Waste Event prize winners

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The lucky individuals who won the prizes that were sponsored by suppliers are listed below the fold. The winners were drawn from the hat. Everybody who deposited e-waste at the stand on Friday 23 Oct and filled in a form entered for the draw. Ninety-five individuals entered and we removed a large trailer full of old electronic equipment with the help of WastePlan. This equipment will be recycled and hazardous waste will be disposed of at a hazardous waste site. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about e-waste on campus and we think that we succeeded in this. (more…)

e-Waste event kicks off – photos

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

The campus e-Waste event kicked off at 10 am and things started to happen rapidly. Photos….

Wasteplan guys and the big trailer. More e-waste than we expected...

Wasteplan guys and the big trailer. More e-waste than we expected...

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e-Waste fastest growing waste stream in SA?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Susanne Dittke of EnviroSense sent me an article which she penned for Opportunity Magazine recently. It contains some shockingly interesting numbers which I quote “as is” below:

It should come as no surprise that e-waste is officially now the fastest growing waste stream in South Africa. In larger urban metropoles, it constitutes already 5-8% of the municipal solid waste mix, accumulating at a rate three times that of other more traditional solid waste items such as locally unrecyclable packaging etc.

‘Redundant’ electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) is generated from the rapid advance and uptake of new technology at an ever increasing rate. A recent assessment done in South Africa by the e-Waste Association of South Africa revealed that the combined volume of information technology and office equipment, consumer electronics and white goods that reach consumer markets today, will in five to 10 years swell to a waste avalanche of between one to two million tons per year, with an annual growth rate of between 10%-20%.

With clever marketing ploys and upgrade schemes, cellphone companies could already convince the average South African that a cellphone is hopelessly outdated after two years.

e-Waste in Africa

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Susanne Dittke of EnviroSense sent the following video about how e-waste is being handled in Cape Town to me.

The University has set up its e-Waste Initiative with the help of the organisations featured in the video, such as WastePlan and the e-Waste Alliance.


Buying the right, green PC

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Greener computing does not simply mean minimising energy consumption of the PC during its operational life, but also during its full lifecycle from “cradle to grave”. It also means minimising material throughput i.e. recycling and re-using, and disposing of hazardous e-waste responsibly. So while much of this blog and a big part of our sustainable IT campaign is focused on energy efficiency in operations and e-waste, it is also important to review our PC procurement policies. (more…)

Recycling cellphones

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Around 44% of old cellphones are lying around unused. Between 65% and 80% of the material content of a cellphone can be recycled or re-used… Now you are able to deposit old cellphones at cellphone outlets in South Africa for recycling… (more…)

Campus e-Waste Initiative

Monday, March 3rd, 2008


Do you have old, written-off computers, monitors and batteries lying around or clogging up cupboards? And you are concerned enough not to simply consign them to the dump?

Now there is a responsible campus solution. The IT Division has implemented a temporary e-waste depot on campus where e-waste will be aggregated for free pickup and disposal by contractors who specialise in the refurbishment, reuse and safe disposal of e-waste.

The procedure is as follows: (more…)