MMD, the brand license partner for Philips monitors, is partnering with Closing the Loop (CTL), a provider of green procurement services, and TCO Development, the organisation behind the TCO Certified IT sustainability certification, in a waste compensation scheme to encourage monitor recycling. One of eight projects funded by the PREVENT Waste Alliance, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the pilot aims to extend an existing certified waste-neutral concept to monitors. MMD points out that because monitors have only small built-in circuit boards and baked-in chemicals like lead and mercury, recyclers in Africa and other emerging markets, where old equipment often ends up, have found it hard to make money from recycling and so tend not to bother. This has created a major e-waste problem and a significant risk to human health and the environment. Participants in the pilot aim to solve this problem through a scheme that is already being used for ‘waste-neutral’ phones, laptops and tablets. This involves adding a fee to new devices, identified as TCO Certified Edge, E-waste Compensated, that will fund the audited collection and recycling of equivalent waste by Closing the Loop (CTL) and Nigerian partners Verde Impacto, Hinckley Recycling and SRADev.
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