VerdeTech is the first full-service and the only licensed recycling company by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Interior Affairs under the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC).
It seeks to raise awareness on the urgency of acting to limit electrical and electronic waste, and offers solutions sharing a common vision to protect the environment and live a greener and more sustainable life by abiding by the industry’s guidelines and norms.
VerdeTech is committed to helping consumers recycle electrical and electronic equipment, at their workplace or home through innovative waste management techniques and smooth recycling services.
We believe in minimizing the surging E-waste and reducing the increasing level of toxic wastes dumped in our landfills.
VerdeTech also handles collecting, sorting, storing, and shipping E-waste for free.
How We Operate
• VerdeTech collects information about the type, location, and amount of E-waste.
• VerdeTech makes sure that any unwanted data on the hardware is never used again, therefore, we use certified and accredited software which ensures 100% data erasure on all IT assets.
• VerdeTech processes and recycles according to the Basel Convention.
• VerdeTech makes record of every item received, and therefore our processes are transparent to all ours partners.
• VerdeTech stores properly in the warehouse which is located in Mkalles.
• VerdeTech ships the stored items outside Lebanon.
We are a team of highly skilled professionals in the field, working together with a common goal to make Lebanon greener through eco-friendly practices and processes targeting the growing E-waste crisis in the country.
Electronic waste, or E-waste, refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that have been discarded by their owner as waste without the intent of re-use.
E-waste includes a wide range of products and covers six waste categories:
1. Temperature exchange equipment, more commonly referred to as cooling and freezing equipment: refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps.
2. Screens, monitors, televisions, laptops, notebooks, and tablets.
3. Fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, and LED lamps.
4. Large equipment such as washing machines, clothes dryers, dish-washing machines, electric stoves, large printing machines, copying equipment, and photovoltaic panels.
5. Small equipment such as vacuum cleaners, microwaves, ventilation equipment, toasters, electric kettles, electric shavers, scales, calculators, radio sets, video cameras, electrical and electronic toys, small electrical and electronic tools, small medical devices.
6. Small IT and telecommunication equipment such as mobile phones, pocket calculators, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), routers, printers, telephones.
With new products continually introduced into the marketplace, consumers can easily replace their damaged or outdated electronic products. The resulting mass of discarded electronic products is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. However, only an estimated 15% of global E-waste is fully recycled.
E-Waste In Lebanon
The consumption rates of electrical and electronic equipment have accelerated in Lebanon in the last decade. As a consequence, the volume of waste originating from these appliances generally known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) or E-waste, has risen significantly.
Insights reveal that Lebanon generates approximately fifty thousand tons of electrical and electronic waste each year. This figure is continuously growing and its impact is becoming more and more flagrant in the absence of scientific and targeted solutions, as well as awareness on the subject.
Effects on Health and the Environment
E-waste has a huge impact on the environment. Disposing of it informally and without following the correct ethics and processes releases greenhouse gases which are directly linked to global warming and natural disasters.
• Air contamination
Air can be polluted from gas emissions that affect human beings and the environment.
Some animal species are more profoundly impacted by air pollution than others, which in addition to endangering these species, also endangers the biodiversity of regions that are chronically and heavily polluted. Over the long term, air pollution can hurt water quality, soil chemistry, and plant species, creating damaging and irreversible changes in ecosystems.
• Soil contamination
Soil can be contaminated in two primary ways from E-waste:
- through direct contact with contaminants from E-waste or the byproducts of E-waste recycling and disposal;
- indirectly through irrigation from contaminated water.
When E-waste is improperly disposed in regular landfills or illegally dumped, both heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, and others) and flame retardants in E-waste can leach directly from the E-waste into the soil, causing contamination of underlying groundwater or contaminating crops that may be planted in that soil now or in the future.
• Water contamination
Ground water can be impacted by improper disposal or dumping of E-waste as heavy metals (like lead, arsenic, and cadmium) and other persistent chemicals leach from landfills and illegal dump sites into ground water tables, affecting people and animal life for many miles around. E-waste could cause the acidification of surface waterways.
2 On Health
In many low- and middle-income countries, handling and disposal of discarded EEE is frequently unregulated.
Safety concerns arise because E-waste also contains hazardous constituents such as lead, mercury, and chromium, certain chemicals in plastics, and flame retardants.
Humans are doubly impacted by contaminated soil via consuming crops grown in contaminated soil and eating eggs, meat, and fish where toxic substances have bio-accumulated (increased in concentration) up the food chain. For children, these effects are further compounded because children are more likely to play in contaminated soil and ingest contaminated soil through poor hygiene or inadequate hand-washing practices.
Health risks related to E-waste may be the result of direct contact with harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, chromium, brominated flame retardants or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), from inhalation of toxic fumes, as well as from accumulation of chemicals in soil, water and food. In addition to its hazardous components, being processed, E-waste can give rise to a number of toxic by-products likely to affect human health.
According to studies, health consequences from E-waste exposure may include changes in thyroid function, altered cellular expression and function, adverse neonatal outcomes, cognitive and behavioral changes, and decreased lung function.
Several known developmental neuro-toxicants are found in E-waste, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants, which can lead to irreversible cognitive deficits in children and behavioral and motor skill dysfunction across the lifespan.
Children are especially vulnerable to the health risks that may result from E-waste exposure and, therefore, need more specific protection. As they are still growing, children’s intake of air, water and food in proportion to their weight is significantly increased compared to adults, - and with that, the risk of hazardous chemical absorption. Furthermore, their bodies’ functional systems such as the central nervous, immune, reproductive and digestive system are still developing and exposure to toxic substances, by hampering further development, may cause irreversible damage. Many children are exposed to E-waste-derived chemicals in their daily life due to unsafe recycling activities that are often conducted at their home- either by family members or by the children themselves. Furthermore, children may be exposed through dump sites located close to their homes, schools and play areas.
At VerdeTech, every part of the electronic asset is recycled in our E-waste recycling systems. Each item is strategically and securely dismantled. All toxic elements are responsibly disposed of, and all remaining metals, plastics, glass and circuitry are processed domestically. It’s a commitment we make to keep everyone and every land health during electronic disposal and recycling.
The Basel Convention is the most comprehensive global environmental treaty on hazardous and other wastes. It aims to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects resulting from the generation, management, transboundary movements and disposal of hazardous and other wastes.
Its scope of application covers a wide range of wastes defined as “hazardous wastes” based on their origin and/or composition and their characteristics, as well as two types of wastes defined as “other wastes” - household waste and incinerator ash.
Whilst your hardware might be unwanted, you will certainly want to make sure than any data on the hardware is never used again, and this is managed in one of two ways:
- If your hardware is being destroyed, VerdeTech uses an on-site HDD shredder within its secure factory.
- If your hardware is being re-purposed, VerdeTech uses certified and accredited software which ensures 100% data erasure on all IT assets.