Discarded electronics are a threat to the environment, and usually illegally sold to third-countries. At the same time, they’re a source of resources which allow people to earn a wage out of their dismantling.
Recyhub wants to be a social enterprise specialized in tools for e-waste recycling. Recyhub pitches at the intersection of the environmental, social, and economic aspects of e-waste, designing and implementing a set of tools to improve the economic returns of the activity, its social impact, and the environmental aspects of having this waste treated.
Recyhub will set up open spaces for innovation on low-tech low-cost e-waste technologies.
Recyhub will be implemented both in the countries who export e-waste and in those who import it.
Countries which receive e-waste, notably Ghana and China among others, are in our spotlight. Each of them has particular conditions who need to be dealt with separately.
Countries who produce e-waste are also in our target, in order to reduce the volume of e-waste exported by converting it into a valuable product. We assume that the business model in the North will differ significantly from those in the South, and they will differ also between each other.
E-waste is illegal in the North but it generates modest revenues in the South. To solve this dilemma, we choose not to oppose e-waste trade, but to try to reduce it by making it valuable in the North.
We’re focusing on Ghana to start.
Recyhub is open source. This includes the tools and its design, and also the documentation and the business models. Recyhub trusts that openness will bring improvements to the project and hopes that others can benefit as well from our ideas. All the contents are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Recyhub is an enterprise, not an NGO. We approach the topic by understanding the economics of the activity, and incorporating in it our solution with the aim of making it financially sustainable. We follow the Technological Entrepreneurship methodology exposed by Stanford professors such as Chuck Eesley and Steve Blank.
Do you want to join?
We are open to the integration in our team of industrial designers, electronic engineers, e-waste experts, and over all people who don’t fall under any of those categories but feels passionate about the idea.