Collecting with a focus on reuse and circularity
Today together for tomorrow!
Municipal recycling centres as an indispensable link
- A familiar collection point for more than 20 million kilos of old electronics every year.
- Schools and municipalities are working with us to make children aware of e-waste and circularity.
- Our means of collection are professional and recognisable. Which is how we like it.
- And a promise is a promise: we collect e-waste on the scheduled day.
Our regional sorting centres make the difference
- regional impact on circularity
- more than 150 paid participation jobs
- successful transition to regular work
- significant contribution to sheltered employment and circularity
- reuse of more than 30,000 devices per year
Fine-tuned collection at shops (retail), but different
- 490 shops are provided with a full-service solution for returned old electronics.
- We also collect the polystyrene packing foam (EPS).
- We drive CO2-neutral as our trucks run on sustainable biofuel. Our partner in this is Get2Green
- Our planning is flexible and we adapt it to your wishes.
Together with municipalities and schools: the E-waste Race
- Pupils from 18 different municipalities collect more than 250,000 old appliances every year.
- Fun to participate in! Pupils, teachers and family go for sustainability.
- This leads to positive behavioural changes and increased awareness.
- Research shows lasting awareness among participants
Collaboration with thrift shops: good for people and the environment
- We offer a helping hand to help more people find work.
- The thrift shop is a friendly and helpful collection point.
- Together we promote the recycling and reuse of electrical appliances.
- Great logistical collaboration with thrift shop Rataplan. Curious? Read more
Retail chain distribution centres: a practical approach
- You don’t have to worry about planning, so that’s one worry less.
- You can always call our logistics help desk for questions or in case of unforeseen circumstances.
- We take care of the removal of EPS packaging waste.
- We offer advice on the laws and regulations surrounding WEEE.
4,2 mln kiloe-waste/mnth
Collection in numbers
Every month, we organise the collection of around 4.2 million kilos of e-waste. That’s more than 50 million kilos per year! More than 150 employees work in the various sorting centres to sort all e-waste. We are proud to be able to create sheltered workplaces for so many people. And to encourage more collection, we organise the annual E-waste Race: 4,500 children have already collected many kilos of old equipment. Also good to know: every year, we collect about 40,000 cubic metres of polystyrene foam. And that huge amount is used through EPS Nederland to make new insulation boards. And that’s how we complete the circle.
E-waste race makes children aware of e-waste
Sustainability and a circular economy. That’s something we really like to make our children aware of! We do this by means of an educational programme called E-waste race. A race between schools to collect as much electronic waste as possible from people in the neighbourhood.
Frequently asked questions about collection of electronics
Can you visit my electronics shop to collect the e-waste and polystyrene foam?
In some cases we can. It depends on which region your shop is located in, among other things. Feel free to contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Our thrift shop is short of sellable used appliances. Can you help me?
Yes, feel free to contact us! We work together with companies that overhaul collected old appliances, such as washing machines, dryers and refrigerators. We will be happy to put you in touch with them.
Our municipality would like to organise an e-waste race as well. How does that work?
Do we arrange the collection of e-waste in your municipality as well? In that case, you can participate in 1 of the 18 races that we organise annually, free of charge. Does Stichting OPEN arrange the collection in your municipality? In that case, contact the enthusiastic, young organisation of ‘race against waste’: email@example.com, +31 (0)6 40 85 08 70.
I’ve read on your site that you are a social enterprise. What does that mean?
It means we do business based on a social mission (impact first) and provide services for this. For us, profit is a means of safeguarding our business continuity, not a primary goal. We are social and fair in how we work. We operate independently, but with input from all those involved. We also offer opportunities to people who find it difficult to find a job independently and we guide them towards more structure and self-confidence within a safe working environment. Read more
Do you also organise the collection of other types of waste for producers, such as textiles or packaging?
We are not doing that as yet, but we are open to new initiatives. Since 2013, we’ve been focusing on WEEE producer responsibility. In recent years, we have gained a lot of experience in setting up and managing an effective, sustainable and efficient producer system. Feel free to contact us for an exploratory meeting.