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E-Waste disposal – professional, simple, safe. Christine Gering answers our questions

“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 info@cirecon.de 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.

Revolutionary: With this tool we can solve a major environmental problem

CIRIS is the Reporting & Information System developed by CIRECON. CIRECON stands for Circular Economy Services and was founded in 2017 by a team of after-sales service experts. They encountered the difficulties of disposing of end-of-life electrical equipment on a daily basis and they, or rather we, wanted to put an end to this.

What is CIRIS?

CIRIS is an innovative portal for the reuse, recycling and environmentally friendly disposal of waste electronic equipment. It offers modules for handling waste streams, is adapted to the service processes and requirements of our customers, and is accessible to OEM and ODM manufacturers, dealers, repair centers, telecommunications providers, and certified primary treatment facilities and specialist disposal companies active in the recycling industry.

With the development of the CIRIS portal, we managed to solve many problems at once and offer companies many more benefits. The software makes it possible for companies to have large quantities of e-waste collected directly from the specified location with just a few mouse clicks. Looking to the future, many challenges and hurdles (such as legal hurdles, like the new ElektroG3 in Germany, or the ever-increasing demands of customers in terms of environmental protection) can thus be overcome easily, safely and in an environmentally friendly manner.

This is how we close the gap in the recycling industry with CIRIS: automation of processes, collection of data within the entire process, reporting in favor of more transparency, and a more flexible system that can be accessed by the different players in the cycle.

Elektroschrottentsorgung in wenigen Klicks: Das Portal CIRIS von CIRECON macht es Unternehmen oder Personen, mit größeren Menschen an Elektroschrott leicht, diesen fachgerecht und umweltschonend zu entsorgen.

So what is CIRIS used for?

In companies, countless telephones, computers, smartphones, printers, copiers, keyboards, desk lamps, coffee machines, notebooks, and much more are used every day. The intensive use often leads to defects. It is difficult for companies to change this, even in times of climate change. In terms of recycling and reuse, they can. CIRIS helps companies to make this often time-consuming and cost-intensive process as simple, transparent and rewarding as possible.

Hier nur einige Grundfunktionen, die CIRIS Unternehmen bzw. Nutzer:innen bietet:

• Übersicht über alle Entsorgungsdaten auf einem Dashboard• Einfache Anmeldung der Elektroabfallmengen•Überblick über alle angemeldeten Abfallmengen je Standort
• Nachverfolgung im Logistikbereich
• Reporting über die Kundenproduktbezeichnungen und Sammelgruppen• Überblick über finanzielle Werte nach Abschluss der Sortierprozesse
• …und vieles mehr…

By the way: Sustainable disposal does not mean expensive! CIRECON offers optimized concepts for B2B customers in order to offer disposal as cheaply as possible and still operate sustainably and green. The device is placed in the right hands of a certified waste management company and, in addition, a particularly high value is placed on data security.

Why is CIRIS the best solution for your company?

Your advantages by using the proven solution for disposed electronics:

  • Transparency and controlling: monitor your processes and recycling rates
  • Analysis and forecasting: Know more about the reuse and recycling potential of e-waste
  • Data security by preventing data breaches and unlawful use
  • Improvement of the green image through verifiably certified and documented disposal
  • Strengthening customer loyalty by pointing the way to greater social responsibility and sustainability
  • Time and location-independent IT solution
  • Time and cost savings through more digitalization and automation

Do you have questions or other concerns? Feel free to contact us free of charge by phone at +49-941-89849-770 or by mail at info@cirecon.de. We look forward to hearing from you!

On the occasion of “Species Protection Day”: 4 facts about e-waste

More and more electrical appliances are ending up in landfills around the world, and with them valuable raw materials – a problem for people, the environment and the climate. Today we answer the 4 important questions on the subject of e-waste and e-waste recycling.

What is e-waste?

Ewaste means electronic products nearing the end of their ‘useful life’. It includes any electrical and electronic equipment that’s been discarded. Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. 

The European Commission has divided e-waste into the following six categories: Temperature exchange equipment, screens & monitors, lamps, large equipment, small equipment, small IT and telecommunication equiptment.

What contains e-waste?

Basically, it can be anticipated that e-waste contains valuable and rare ressources. Pollutants such as mercury, lead or cadium are problematic. Pollutants and greenhouse gases from scarp pollute the environment and the climate. Therefore, proper recycling and disposal of all components of waste electrical equipment is enormously important.

How do I dispose of e-waste?

  • Give your e-waste to a public recycling center
  • Small devices? Take it to a dealer with a take-back obligation
  • Large appliances? Use the exchange service of your dealer
  • Send it back to a retailer
  • For business: Make a pickup request to CIRECON

CIRIS was developed to fill the gap within the recycling industry: Automation of processes, collection of data within the whole process, reporting to create more transparency and the flexibility of the system to be used by several parties within the circular economy loop.

Why shouldn’t old electrical appliances simply be thrown away with the household waste?

The big problem here is that small electrical appliances (e.g. irons, smartphones, tablets, fitness watches, coffee machines,…) can easily and inconspicuously thrown away in the residual waste garbage can.

In relation to their total weight, these small electrical appliances contain considerably more valuable raw materials than large appliances (washing machines,…) and should therefore be increasingly collected and recycled.

The tropical rainforest is in danger – but what does that have to do with your smartphone?

Our smartphone accompanies us all day long. In the morning it’s the first thing many people think about. We take it with us to the office, spend the break with it and for many it is also the last thing they put down before sleep. So the smartphone has become a companion in our lives. There are now 300 million more cell phones in the world than there are people. However, many of them simply lie unused in a drawer. But what does all this have to do with the rainforest?

To be always up to date to the latest technology, many people buy a smartphone every year. The old devices, which are still fully functional, end up in the „maybe-I’ll-need-it-later“ drawer. However, the devices contain many valuable raw materials that could be recycled and reused. Many of them come from the tropical rainforest.  And this is where the link between our smartphones and the destruction of the rainforest begins.

Many mining regions of the contained raw materials (e.g. coltan) are located in the tropical rainforests of Brazil, Indonesia, and many more! For the mining huge areas of forest must be cleared. Thus also many animals, e.g. gorillas, lose their natural habitat. Since the demand for new equipment is increasing more and more and therefore also the demand for the rare raw materials, more and more areas of the tropical forests are being developed.

What you too can contribute to the betterment

Next time, ask yourself if you really need a new smartphone. It is becoming increasingly important that we make use of the lifetime of our electrical devices again. If the demand for the raw materials from the rainforest decreases, fewer will also be mined.

Does your smartphone still work perfectly? Why not give it away or sell it?

Your cell phone is old and no longer functional? Recycling protects the environment! The precious raw materials can be reused and do not have to be mined again.

Where can you dispose of your smartphone? Definitely not in the household garbage. Take it to the dealer, to the recycling center or, if you have a large amount of electronic waste, simply have it picked up by CIRECON. Attention: Do not open your old smartphone yourself. Some of the raw materials used are toxic!

Why EMAS? – Implementation and tips for a successful environmental management

What’s EMAS?

EMAS means Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. It is intended to help companies that want to operate in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner with a standardized environmental management system. It is good to know that EMAS is the world’s most demanding and effective environmental management system. In addition to measurable environmental performance through verifiable indicators, you also benefit from transparency and credibility through active communication for certification.

What do you have to consider in the course of an EMAS certification?

Some examples (get more informations in our virutal seminar):

  • Environmental policy
  • Interested parties
  • Binding environmental commitments
  • Analysis of your direct and indirect environmental aspects
  • Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation

Chances of an EMAS certification?

Basically, the chances of an EMAS certification have to be evaluated individually by each company. In any case, with the environmental mangagement system it is possible to create a link between economic and sustainable actions. The great advantage is that it is a premium management tool which significantly supports companies in organizing and improving their environmental performance.

Through EMAS you can save resources and costs, as well as lay the foundation for awareness of sustainable thinking and working.

Formal requirements with EMAS?

You can learn more about this in the online seminar on April 22 10:00am. Together with you, we want to present the EMAS certification as transparently and practically as possible.

Using the example of “environmental management in the office”, we will show you what options you have to obtain EMAS certification, how long it is valid, and how you can even save money with EMAS certification or the implementation of the environmental management system! Register now without obligation and free of charge (registration link below).

Are you curious and want to learn more about EMAS? Feel free to take part in our online seminar free of charge. Get tickets here: https://eveeno.com/331937962.

We look forward to you and your questions!

When e-waste becomes a danger

Broken electrical appliances should be disposed of properly, otherwise they can become a danger to people and the environment. Despite many different options for disposal, many households store old electrical appliances at home. But this can be dangerous.

Old batteries catch fire. We are currently in a very critical situation. Why? The number of electrical appliances per household keeps increasing and the number of correctly disposed electrical appliances is almost stagnating. Moreover, many devices are not disposed of or are disposed of incorrectly, for example in household waste or at illegal scrap dealers who ultimately ship the scrap to developing countries. If, for example, a rechargeable battery is disposed of in household waste, the consequences can be devastating. If the lithium-ion battery were to be crushed, the risk of it starting to smolder or even burn increases.

Electrical appliances contain many toxic substances. If, for example, an energy-saving lamp is not disposed of properly or not at all, there is a risk that the mercury it contains will be released into the environment, causing enormous damage to humans, animals and plants.

Broken electrical appliances are one of the main causes of fires in German households. According to the Institut für Schadenverhütung und Schadenforschung (IFS), around 30% of fires in buildings are caused by electricity or electrical appliances.  We therefore recommend that you regularly check all electrical appliances that are still in operation and take immediate action in the event of error messages. If the device can no longer be repaired, we advise disposing of the old device immediately. In this way, possible hazards can be avoided. (Image source: IFS)

For more information on gadget hoarding (i.e., keeping old electrical appliances at home) click here.

Discussion: What do you think? #Missiontogether

Today we want to ask you to tell us your opinion.

For some time now, more and more smartphone manufacturers (including Apple and Samsung), decide to stop adding a new charger or headphones to the current models.

The reason? According to the producers, it’s about protecting the environment or causing less electronic waste. However, this statement divides opinions and often leads to displeasure among buyers.

In our opinion, there is not really a right or wrong answer to this question, but there are many different points that have to be considered.

There are many pro and contra aspects to the topic. We would ask you to send us your points by mail to info@cirecon.de or in the social media channels (comments or private message). We will add these to our list and present them to you in a few weeks.

Right-to-Repair: A future solution to reduce electric waste?

In November 2020, the European Parliament adopted a resolution that strengthens the “Right-to-Repair”. Many of the participants in our survey would like to see an even stronger “right to repair”. What is actually behind this and what does it actually include?

The European Parliament has been aware of the problem of too much unnecessary electronic waste for quite some time. The biggest problem is the decreasing life span of almost all electronic devices in the household, office or everyday life. One of the demands is the “right to repair”. The aim is to make it more attractive to repair a tablet or smartphone, for example. This is to be achieved, among other things, through an extended product warranty, better access to spare parts and more sensitive handling of information regarding maintenance and repair. One strategy for this is, for example, a system for labeling the service life of e-devices with an indication of the estimated service life.

Since March 1, 2021, new regulations have been in force to make repairs easier and more attractive. With regard to spare parts, it was decided that these must still be available for several years after the purchase of the equipment (e.g. refrigerators 7 years, washing machines 10 years). In addition, long delivery times are to be avoided and a period of delivery of spare parts is to be around 15 days. Consumers will also be provided with a list of all available spare parts by the manufacturers, which will be accessible on the Internet. The repair will be facilitated in that anyone can perform it with conventional tools without causing serious damage. With the help of a repair manual from the manufacturer, consumers should be supported and motivated. The focus should be on typical defects/faults of products. The manufacturers have to make these transparent and indicate the expected costs (measure of the EU-Ökodesign-Richtlinie).

And what about smartphones/tablets/laptops/PCs? Unfortunately, these devices still fall through the cracks of the current resolutions. Many of CIRECON’s experts consider this to be a cause for concern. Especially such resource-intensive electrical devices as smartphones should be easier to repair. The good news is that the EU Commission already wants to discuss new regulations by the end of the year, which will then also include smartphones and charging cables.

An alliance of European organizations is also campaigning for this. They call for “Right-to-Repair”. More information on the campaign and the movement here.

We also found a interesting video about the Right-to-Repair for you. Just click on “video”. Watch it and tell us: Do you think the Right-to-Repair is a future solution to reduce the amount of e-waste?

Where to put the old walkman?

In the garbage? To the recycling center? Or would you rather store it? The amount of electronic waste in German households is increasing. Since 2006, it has been forbidden to dispose of electrical appliances in household waste (this also applies to small electrical appliances such as cell phones or MP3 players). In the following article, you can read about how to dispose of electrical equipment correctly and what rights and obligations consumers have.

CIRECON recently conducted a survey on the topic of “Electronic waste disposal in private households”. We have received many comments and messages on this topic, which we have of course dealt with and will deal with in the future. Frequently, we received the concern that many consumers are not aware of how to properly dispose of waste electrical equipment and why, for example, in some cities it is possible to dispose of electrical equipment via the yellow garbage can.

Can I simply hand in my old Walkman at a retailer?

Yes. More detailed information is available at www.cirecon.de/gogreen. Here you will find all the information about what e-waste is, why e-waste recycling is so important, how you can properly dispose of e-waste and how to minimize your amount of e-waste. The amendment of the ElektroG is particularly interesting. Also about it you find already a current article under https://cirecon.de/the-new-elektrog.

Where can I as a private person dispose of my Walkman free of charge?

As a private person, you can dispose of your old devices free of charge at the recycling center.

Can I also have my e-waste collected by the normal waste collection service?

In Berlin, there was already an orange garbage can offered by a municipal waste disposal company in which you could dispose of your old electrical appliances. In Leipzig, for example, the Gelbe Tonne+ was introduced. Here, too, citizens were able to dispose of their electronic waste. So there is not yet a uniform nationwide solution. The two solutions presented were also not implemented further after the test phase.

Interesting for retailers, manufacturers and other collection points: What should I do if I have a lot of e-waste to dispose of and transparency and safety are important to me above all?

Collections can be registered via the CIRIS portal with just a few clicks. With the help of tracking and a huge network of disposal companies, we make it possible to carry out the entire process as simply and as transparently as possible. This ensures compliance with all guidelines and makes disposal easier than ever before.

Are you a dealer and fall under the e-waste take-back obligation? We can help you comply with the law, improve your image and even make a profit with minimal effort. Just contact us for a free consultation.

What is a no-go?

Disposing of e-waste in nature or household waste. This not only harms our environment, humans and animals, but also ensures that rare earths and raw materials are lost.

Tips and tricks on how you can minimize e-waste can be found here.

Lent started – we have come up with something special

For every electrical appliance that is produced or sold, valuable and rare raw materials are mined and processed. Starting today, we want to go on an electrical fast. This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy any more new appliances, but rather that you should use them in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way possible.

How to do that? Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t charge your smartphone overnight: If you charge your phone overnight, it often remains plugged in for several hours after being fully charged. This reduces the capacity of the smartphone battery & nothing is more annoying than a weak battery.
  • Do not choose a new smartphone when renewing your contract: Often providers entice you with cheap cell phones when you sign a new contract. Ask for a credit and keep taking your still fully functional smartphone.
  • Use your smartphone for many different purposes: A cell phone can now replace many electrical devices that you used to buy in addition. You no longer need an MP3 player, a navigation device or a small, additional digital camera. This can save a lot of electrical waste in the long run. So take advantage of all the features of your smartphones.
  • Recycle your old devices: On average, there are more old electrical appliances than plants in German households – #whattheschrott. Take a day, sort out old electrical appliances and hand them in. This is the only way the cycle can work! More information on where you can drop off your old devices and what happens to them at www.cirecon.de/gogreen.

Go Green – Go digital!

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