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!
During a race, 10 elementary school classes in a region or municipality compete against e-waste. A race begins with an interactive guest lesson. The children learn all about the importance of the circular economy. To combat the e-waste problem, buying less, buying consciously, repairing, reusing and collecting properly is hugely important. This way we need to extract fewer raw materials from nature and the earth is less depleted. We can also extend the lifespan of our belongings and valuable raw materials return to the cycle.
Then it's time for action! The children of grade 6, 7 and/or 8 will spend four weeks repairing and collecting e-waste. In doing so, they earn points. They involve their families and their entire neighborhood in collecting e-waste. Neighbors can also register their e-waste at www.ewasterace.nl for free pickup at their homes. Participants campaign and approach local and national media to draw attention to the circular economy. The winning school will win a cool field trip!
Through the E-waste Races we raise awareness about consumerism, reusing, repairing and recycling among the young generation! Together with these passionate circular heroes we make impact!
Check out the results achieved here!
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!