Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI)

Turning waste into resources for development

The Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) program builds capacity for sustainable recycling in developing countries. The program is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and is implemented by the Institute for Materials Science & Technology (Empa), the World Resources Forum (WRF) and ecoinvent. It builds on the success of implementing e-waste recycling systems together with various developing countries since more than ten years.



Life Cycle Inventories

SRI develops basic data for the assessment of environmental and social life cycle performance for industrial activities through the improvement of local and regional expertise in Brazil, India and South Africa.

Recycling Initiatives

SRI improves local capacity for sustainable recycling together with private and public institutions, as well as the informal sector in Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Peru, and South Africa.

Global Roundtable

SRI facilitates a stakeholder consultation for the development of sustainability criteria for secondary raw materials.

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Find more detailed information about SRI on the program home page. 

Plastics recycling from discarded mobile phones in India. Approximately 25’000 people work in the the informal plastic recycling sector in New Delhi, India.