Moscow Is No Place For E-Waste

E-waste is electronics and household appliances, which cannot be used anymore. According to Greenpeace, nowadays, a computer becomes outdated in two years in the USA and China, and the situation in Europe and Russia is similar. In 2018, the new circular vision for electronics was presented at The World Economic Forum in Davos. According to this report, by 2050 the amount of e-waste produced each year will more than double and reach 120 million t.

Overcoming Environmental Crisis

According to the authors, e-waste is one of the main environmental problems of our time. Most of such waste is dumped, burned or illegally sold and processed. Even in Europe, which is the world recycling leader, only 35% of all e-waste is recycled properly.

About 130,000 t of e-waste are annually accumulated in Moscow; it accounts for 70% of the toxic substances dumped as part of solid household waste. Only part of such waste is recycled, and this is a big threat to the environment. In order to more effectively solve the problem and mitigate the destructive consequences of the world environmental crisis, there has been a tendency to cooperate with major brands, small and medium enterprises, business and science representatives, trade unions and various associations to discuss ways of changing the existing systematic attitudes towards e-waste.
Maksim Lobanov
CEO, Ecopolis Corporation
"We are bulding an infrastructure based on advanced global technologies, creating unique engineering solutions for the maximum possible extraction of useful components from used electronics and returning them into economic circulation. Our task is to create an e-waste management culture both in Moscow and in other regions of Russia."

Future Is Shaped By Technologies

Russia, as many other countries, has already taken measures against e-waste. Ecopolis Corporation founded in 2017 is the only high-tech plant complex for the environmentally friendly processing of e-waste in Russia. The company manages three plants for the advanced processing of electronic and electrical waste with a recycling efficiency reaching 95% of the incoming volume of electronics:
  • the Ecotechprom plant that recycles electrical and electronic waste with a capacity of over 75 t of e-waste a year.
  • the Ecoplast plant that processes plastics and produces recycled plastic pellets ABS, PS, PP with a first stage design capacity of up to 25,000 t a year.
  • the Aurus plant that processes printed circuit boards and non-ferrous metals with a production capacity of 12,000 t a year.

The combined capacity of the plant complex allows to completely solve the problem of the environmentally friendly recycling of used electronics and household appliances in Moscow, and subsequently, in the Moscow region.

The Moscow government, together with the company management, plans to form the necessary legislative framework to increase the share of processed and recycled products.
Aleksandra Shadyuk
Deputy CEO, Ecopolis Corporation
"Moscow is the largest e-waste generator in Russia, and the Ecopolis Corporation enterprises use e-waste as raw material. According to expert estimates, the city annually accumulates about 130,000 t of e-waste. And the Ecopolis Corporation production capacities are able process all this e-waste. In addition, the Ecoplast plant is located in the Technopolis Moscow SEZ, which is a specialized territory for the city industrial and innovative development. This provides a number of benefits. In particular, a general tax burden reduction, including the regional income tax.
This is very important, since the e-waste processing industry is quite capital intensive".

New Life For E-Waste

Technological progress pushes us to constantly buy new electronic devices. High technologies are developing so rapidly that devices instantly become obsolete, and we make new purchases. According to the Greenpeace estimates, around 20 to 50 m t of e-waste are currently accumulated in the world. Many devices contain hazardous substances that can get into the ground and water poisoning the environment. However, there is a way out. E-waste is already being upcycled at the Ecoplast Moscow Plant managed by Ecopolis Corporation.

Ecoplast is a high-tech enterprise that processes mixed plastics that electronics cases are made of and produces high-quality plastic pellets ABS, PS, PP. The first stage design capacity of the plant reaches 25,000 t. The plant is located in the Technopolis Moscow Special Economic Zone.

The company was established in 2017. The project investment budget is more than RUR 8 bn of private investment. The processing complex includes three independent plants connected by a single commodity chain and providing a complete electronics processing cycle. As a result, up to 95% of incoming commodities are returned to the economic turnover as recyclables.

Physical and mechanical parameters of the plant's products are stable, while granules can be modified upon customer request. The ABS, PS, PP recyclable granules produced at the plant can both replace 100% of fresh raw materials and be mixed into fresh raw materials to reduce the finished product cost. The Ecoplast products can be used to produce construction materials, automotive parts, cases for electronics and household appliances, as well as other goods.

The Ecoplast plant is unique, because it is the only company in Russia that has industrially introduced the separation technology for case plastic mix to separate high-solid plastics. In addition, the plant does not have a negative impact on the environment due to the closed water supply system and the modern gas purification equipment, excluding harmful discharges into the city sewage system and air emissions.

The main advantage of the plant location in Moscow is a high concentration of raw materials within the city.

ECOPOLIS CORPORATION PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED IN 2019

E-SPRING AND E-FALL

A large-scale initiative to collect used electrical equipment for further processing took place in April and October in Moscow and the Moscow region.

In total, 28 t of used equipment were collected. Up to 95% of the materials returned to production as raw materials.

GLOBAL RECOGNITION

October 22-24, 2019, Ecopolis Corporation presented its e-waste processing technologies at the international exhibition WASMA-2019 at the Sokolniki Cultural and Exhibition Center. The Ecopolis Corporation booth exhibited the features of the only Russian plant complex that performs the eco processing of e-waste.

INDUSTRIAL RECYCLING

In 2019, the Moscow Department of Investment and Industrial Policy and Ecopolis Corporation began preparing a project to collect used electronics from the city industrial enterprises. The containers for used electronics and household appliances subject to eco recycling at the Ecopolis Corporation plants will be installed.
DOORS OPEN DAYS

Оn November 13-14, the Ecoplast plant arranged public excursions as part of the Doors Open Week, timed to coincide with World Recycling Day. The main goal of the initiative is to draw public attention to the rational recycling of waste, the amount of which is increasing yearly around the world.

JOINT PROJECT WITH M. VIDEO – ELDORADO GROUP

The M.Video – Eldorado Group, jointly with the SKO Elektronika-Utilizatsiya Association and Ecopolis Corporation JSC, launched Russia's largest project for the continuous collection of used household appliances and electronics. In Moscow and the Moscow Region, the project will unite more than 200 collection points, three processing plants and a transparent accounting system for all types of equipment subject to recycling. In the medium term, the recycling volume in the Moscow area may reach 4,000 t per year.
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