Developing a sustainable recycling industry

The Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) programme contributes to favourable framework conditions that enable the development of a sustainable recycling industry for e-waste and related waste streams in developing countries. Through recycling initiatives in Colombia, Peru, Egypt, Ghana and South Africa, SRI aims at building capacity for sustainable e-waste management by supporting national activities and implementing pilot projects. The objective of SRI is the sustainable integration and participation of small and medium enterprises from developing and transition countries in the global recycling of secondary resources.

The programme is coordinated by the Swiss Federal Institute for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the World Resources Forum Association.

  • Duration: 2019 – 2023
  • Countries: Colombia, Peru, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa
  • Focus Area: Resource Recovery
  • Funded by: Swiss Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO)

ISO Standard 59014 for Secondary Materials

As part of SRI, we are currently developing the ISO Standard ‘Secondary Materials — Principles, Sustainability and Traceability Requirements‘ under the parent committees ISO TC207/SC5 (Environmental Management) and TC323 (Circular Economy). As convenor of the ISO process, we coordinate a joint working group with 50 members from 20 countries. This multi-stakeholder process complements the recycling initiatives by leveraging synergies with the international community, supporting normative processes and providing metrics and methods to measure and monitor SRI induced changes.

Latest News

Three Key Ministries Pledge Full Support for Newly Launched Ambitious South African e-Waste Project

South Africa, 16 February 2021: Today marked the official beginning of a high-profile collaboration between key stakeholders in South Africa and Switzerland to meet South Africa’s rising future e-waste challenge. Embedded in the global Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) programme (2020-2023), the collaboration shall untap the economic opportunities while ensuring that environmental integrity and human health […]

Environment Minister Ghana Announces Natural Resources Initiatives

Accra, 5 March 2020 The sustainable use of natural resources will be at the heart of debates at the first World Resources Forum to be held in Africa (WRF2020), which has today been officially announced by the Honourable Minister H.E. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng at the Swiss Embassy in Accra. WRF2020 will be hosted by the Ministry […]

Get Here Your Program Update WRF 2019 Geneva

Geneva, 30 July 2019 With less than three months to go before the next World Resources Forum (WRF) 2019 will open its doors, the WRF Secretariat has published the latest WRF 2019 program update today. Highlights of this year’s program include confirmed plenary presentations by Olga Algayerová, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission […]

African E-Waste Experts Trained in Inclusive Recycling

Johannesburg, 22 July 2019 A successful Training of Trainers course on inclusive e-waste recycling was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 8-12 July. E-waste experts from 13 African countries were selected out of over 100 applications.The course was based on ISO IWA 19 Guidance Principles for inclusive recycling, developed under the SRI programme. Modules of the […]

Sustainable Recycling Principles Showcased at ISO Innovation Space

Geneva, 25 September 2018 The new ISO IWA “Guidance principles for the sustainable management of secondary metals” on sustainable recycling were showcased at this week’s ISO General Assembly, held in Geneva. Watch an interview with WRF Project Manager Sonia Valdivia, courtesy ISO Innovation Space. https://www.facebook.com/isostandards/videos/178043343104516/ The Innovation Space is part of this year’s ISO Week, […]