E-waste Race

A fun and educational way to collect e-waste!

The largest environmental impact comes from the things we buy!

E-waste stands for electronic waste. More than half of all of the e-waste in the Netherlands is not collected in the right way. For example, people may throw their e-waste into the residual waste, where it is incinerated (read more about e-waste in residual waste in the Netherlands here). People also store e-waste at home in boxes or drawers where it is no longer used. This needs to change! E-waste contains valuable raw materials that are becoming increasingly scarce in nature. The E-waste Race combines education with a fun collection campaign and makes collecting e-waste fun, educational and easy. Watch the video to see how and why we do this!

  • We save half a million devices per year from landfills!
  • We saved 2.5 million kg of CO2 emissions since 2014!
  • The E-waste Race reaches hundreds of thousands of people through the media. We were recently broadcasted by Het Jeugdjournaal and Radio1!
  • In 2014 we started our first races in The Netherlands and in 2021 we took our races to Germany!
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During a race, 10 primary school classes in the same region or municipality fight e-waste by collecting and repairing e-waste. A race starts with an interactive guest lesson. In which the children learn everything about the importance of the circular economy. Combatting the e-waste problem, buying less, buying consciously, repairing, reusing and collecting properly is extremely important. This leads to a reduction in the amount of raw materials that needs to be obtained from nature, and therefore also to a less exhausted earth. We can also extend the life of our items and return valuable raw materials to the cycle.

Then it's time for action! Children in the age of nine to twelve work on repairing and collecting e-waste for four weeks. By doing this the schools can earn points. They involve their families and their entire neighborhood in collecting e-waste. Local residents can also register their e-waste at www.ewasterace.nl for free collection at their homes by the participating schoolkids. The schoolkids campaign and approach local and national media to draw attention to the circular economy. The winning school wins a cool school trip!
 

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We work together with municipalities and local waste collectors. They ensure that the e-waste is recycled in a responsible manner, so that the raw materials are returned to the cycle. More than 2 million devices have already been collected in seven years! This has already saved more than 2.5 million kg of C02!

The E-waste Race shows children and their environment that it is fun and easy to contribute to the circular economy. Research by Eindhoven University of Technology has shown that the races lead to a lasting change in behavior, even after the project. Recent research has also shown that children have the greatest influence on the sustainable behavior of their parents: 'The Greta Effect'. Because children influence their parents and environment, we include everyone in the transition to a circular economy.
 

Ready to make an impact with us and do you want to organize an E-waste Race? Contact us!

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