Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS and Technik ohne Grenzen want to cooperate
Researchers of the Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS met with the regional group of Technik ohne Grenzen e.V. (TeoG) in Alzenau. The aim is to improve the recycling and the working conditions for the dismantling of electronic waste in Africa - together with the locals.
The conditions in one of Africa's largest e-waste landfills in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, are devastating. Although the ultimate goal is still to prevent illegal exports of electronic waste, people are suffering from the current situation. This is where Technik ohne Grenzen comes in. The association works with local regional groups to implement fast and easy improvements of environmental and working conditions. Together with Technik ohne Grenzen, the Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS wants to offer support with their technical know-how to empower local people to implement change. A first step is made through the cooperation with students from the University of Applied Sciences in Aschaffenburg, through the Fraunhofer Applied Research Center for Resource Efficiency (ARess). The goal is to create instruction videos to make the dismantling of laptops and other electronic waste more efficient and above all safer. This will not only improve working conditions, but also the purity of the fractions and therefore the revenue for the workers.
More information about the work of the association and how to participate can be found at: https://www.teog.ngo