About E-waste

The electrical and electronics industry is the world’s largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry. Products like computers, TVs, radios, MP3 players, navigation-systems, microwave ovens, coffee makers, toasters, hair-dryers, refrigerators - to name but a few - are part of our every-day life and their use is rapidly rising worldwide. This raises concerns about resource efficiency and the immediate concerns of the dangers to humans and the environment once all these products become waste. There is a long and sometimes complicated chain of events in the e-waste problem, beginning from an idea that someone has for a new product and then its production, ending in its purchase and eventual disposal by the end user.

There is limited capacity to understand and manage this complex waste stream. The E-waste Academy provides tailored and targeted training for different stakeholder groups. Join us at the E-waste Academy, a one-of-a-kind platform form for capacity building on e-waste!

The E-waste Academy for Managers (EWAM) for small- and medium-sized enterprises and policy-makers.

The E-waste Academy for Scientists (EWAS) for young researchers.

The Dotcom Waste Project for law enforcement agencies, customs and port authorities, environmental agencies and prosecutors.


EWAM focuses on policy development and e-waste system design. Targeted at policy-makers, government officials and representatives of small enterprises in e-waste refurbishment and recycling, EWAM provides a platform for open discussions and exchange of best practices and expert feedback.
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EWAS brings together young researchers from around the world looking a solving the e-waste problem from different disciplinary perspectives. EWAS targets doctoral candidates to develop key skills for young researchers and create a global network of e-waste scholars .
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The DOTCOM WASTE project increases capacities of law enforcement agencies, customs and port authorities, environmental agencies and prosecutors to fight cross-border waste crime more effectively and integrate good practices into their day-to-day operations.
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Our Rationale

  • A strong emphasis on international diversity

    ...to facilitate exchange of knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt from different countries and regions

  • Providing a platform to access experts in the field

    ... to allow for an exchange of good practice and respective mutliplication

  • The importance of a multi-modal program

    ...including study tours, hands-on workshops, expert lectures and group work

  • Creating a a global network of alumni

    ...who stay connected, exchange and collaborate even after the Academy