Capacity building

E-waste Management and Recycling System

In December 2014, BECC signed an agreement with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) to develop a sustainable e-waste management and recycling system in Mexicali, Baja California. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SEMARNAT, EPA, NADB, the Baja California Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) are also collaborating with this initiative, which is intended to promote the safe and efficient recycling of used electronic devices by training around 100 micro-businesses in the e-waste management industry to serve as collection points for workers in the field. The three-year project consists of four components: 1) environmental awareness and public education campaign; 2) training and certifying informal e-waste pickers and recyclers; 3) creation of a new e-waste system; and 4) knowledge management and dissemination.