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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!