“You cannot live on this planet without having an impact on the world around you. It is important to reuse and recycle resources, otherwise one day you will run out of them.”
This is, among other things, the motivation of CIRECON’s project manager, Christine Gering. We asked her a few questions as part of the CIRIS Theme Weeks: How did you come up with the idea of the CIRIS portal? What possibilities does CIRIS offer at all? And how does a typical process work? In short: Software for the compliant automation and digitalization of your processes is what you need – a fully integrated solution is what you get.
How did you come up with the idea of the CIRIS portal?
Christine Gering: Our idea came about because of our customer base. The manufacturers from our customer portfolio were looking for a trustworthy disposal solution for their electronic devices that are no longer repairable. Since many processes in the disposal industry are not optimal and a lot of devices still end up in third countries, we came up with the idea of tracking the disposal processes and thus making them transparent for all parties by collecting all data digitally and then making it available in real time to all parties in the supply chain.
What are the possibilities offered by CIRIS?
Christine Gering: With CIRIS, waste producers can track their electronic waste using a unique collection number and a unique collection status and know exactly which process the goods are currently in. In addition, important documents such as transport documents from a logistics provider or disposal confirmations from a disposal company can also be stored directly in the system so that the waste generator can retrieve them at any time.
To simplify collection for the waste producer at his storage location, there is also a module that can be used to order or also rent collection boxes in various sizes and types. This saves administrative effort at the push of a button!
The portal also offers further functions in the extended Gold and Platinum versions with regard to financial data. Here, the values of the electronic scrap received can be called up in a clear form. This automatically also forms the basis of invoicing for the waste producer and the waste disposal company, thus simplifying financial accounting processes at both levels.
CIRECON is involved in the disposal and recycling of old electrical equipment. What role does CIRIS play in this?
Christine Gering: CIRIS is our disposal tool that increases the market value of our CIRECON brand. As soon as a customer decides to carry out disposal together with CIRECON, we provide him with access to dispose of his waste efficiently, to obtain data at a glance and to manage all his sites through it. CIRIS is thus an extra service that we can offer our customers in addition to the operational disposal of electronic waste, thus also facilitating the work at the collection sites.
What are the advantages for a company to use CIRIS and not simply dispose of the old equipment itself?
Christine Gering: With CIRIS, administrative effort is minimized in all areas, for the waste producer as well as for the logistician and waste disposer, since all parties can work in one system and data is transmitted in real time. This means that less additional communication by phone or e-mail is required. In the same way, the customer also saves a lot of storage space, as all documents are stored on the CIRIS servers and can be retrieved at any time.
Compared to other disposal platforms, CIRECON also offers all-round support for its customers and assists not only in the use of CIRIS, but also in the optimal running of the daily disposal processes. Another advantage is that additional functions can be integrated at any time by our internal IT team at the customer’s request. The customer thus has one contact person for almost all areas!
Final question: Why don’t you briefly describe how you as a company register a collection of e-waste with CIRECON, what it costs and how it works?
Christine Gering: Before a company cooperates with CIRECON, it can, if desired, enjoy a free consulting workshop in which a requirements analysis is made and the customized processes for the company are set up. If no workshop is desired, the company can also start right away with a test pickup and then decide whether to pursue further cooperation.
The test pick-up can either be arranged with the contact persons of our team or created directly after registration in the CIRIS portal. The best way to reach us is by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +49-941-89849-770.
The cost of disposal is calculated individually for each customer based on the electronic scrap value.
The costs for using CIRIS can be viewed at any time at https://cirecon.de/products/. Here we offer different packages as Software as a Service. There is also the option of a free 30-day test phase for this, in order to decide after expiry which of the three packages the customer would like to book.
We hereby say thank you for the informative interview! CIRIS could help many companies minimize their environmental footprint and stay ahead of the competition. Also, especially with regard to the new ElektroG in Germany, CIRIS helps companies that do not want to burden their daily business unnecessarily, but on the other hand are obliged to comply with their duty.