Getting Smart with eWaste

by Fujitsu

(Business)

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Providing business with a technology-enabled solution to help divert eWaste from landfill

Project implemented: June 2017

Project goal

SmartBins were designed to raise awareness of eWaste disposal and to increase eWaste diversion from landfill.

delivering on

why is this project important?

eWaste is Australia’s fastest growing solid waste stream (23.6kg per person annually) and up to 60% is sent to landfill.

Key steps to make it happen

1Customer engagement

We used our ICT Sustainability benchmark to assess customers' maturity in best practice eWaste handling.

2People engagement

We provided education materials for staff which have reached more than 10,000 people.

3Technical testing

We worked with partners to ensure the IoT monitoring and automated collections worked smoothly.

4eWaste processing

Our partner Sims Recycling Solutions processes the eWaste domestically in a way that protects human health & the environment

impact to date

3 tonnes
eWaste collected from the smart bin fleet
98%
eWaste recycled (by volume)
10,000
People reached with eWaste education material

Raised business awareness and maturity in eWaste best practice

Demonstrated how technology can assist with waste diversion from landfill

eWaste (old electronic items like computers, laptops, and mobile phones) is Australia’s fastest growing solid waste stream (23.6kg per person is generated annually) and up to 60% is sent to landfill. eWaste contains substances like lead, mercury, cadmium and flame retardants, and is the origin of 70% of toxins in landfill. On the positive side, up to 95% of eWaste (by weight) can be recovered for re-use, including scarce materials like gold and silver as well as commodities (glass, plastic).

The SmartBin solution is a completely self-contained unit that is attractive enough to sit out in the open in an office or community location, increasing the availability of eWaste recycling. It uses IoT sensors to alert when the fill level is reached, and process automation technology to book a collection when full.

The bins have been deployed to Fujitsu customers across Australia and New Zealand, providing an easy way to dispose of eWaste, which is then handled by a processing partner subject to thorough vetting to ensure eWaste is processed within Australia, in a way to protects human health and the environment.

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