Until 2020, electronic waste was not properly integrated in the waste management procedures at Champalimaud Research, resulting in incorrect disposal. Electronic waste contains toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and other hazardous substances that require a proper processing to ensure that these materials are not released into the environment. Furthermore, this waste provides many recycling opportunities if correctly managed.
From June 2020, the e-waste task force revolutionized electronic waste management at CR. In collaboration with the CR Operations Unit, we integrated this type of waste into the waste management flow. We created a collection point for the electronic waste and designed a poster to communicate disposal procedures and guidelines for the CCU community based on European electronic waste disposal directives. Now, this waste is periodically taken to a proper recycling facility. All details can be found on the internal wiki. We hope to be able to expand these procedures to the CCC in the near future.
Taskforce status: Completed