In 2021, the combined weight of all waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) in the world surpassed the weight of the Great Wall of China. The problem is growing fast, but DEIF is contributing to a more responsible approach – for example in Brazil.
DEIF Brazil has implemented a simple and effective way of handling waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) to make sure that it is treated in an environmentally responsible manner. The WEEE, most of which comes from the company’s Repair department, is separated from other waste and stored in a segregated space at DEIF Brazil’s facilities. When enough WEEE has been accumulated, DEIF Brazil contacts a certified waste disposal company which collects the WEEE for recycling or disposal.
Part of a company-wide effort
DEIF aims to deliver circular solutions with a long service life, and solutions similar to the Brazilian initiative are in operation across the company. In 2022 we took more than 1,570 controllers back for service and repair globally, thereby saving almost 2,750 kg of electric and plastic waste plus materials and energy. By doing so, we implement a completely transparent process for handling WEEE throughout the product lifecycle all the way down to final incineration of component parts.
We work actively to exchange ideas that reduce our climate footprint. In late 2022, DEIF Brazil’s solution was presented at an international cross-organisational ActionLab event designed to facilitate discussions about how DEIF can increase sustainability awareness across our customer touchpoints and accelerate the green transition.
Every little bit counts
"DEIF devices make up a very small part of the world’s WEEE, but every little bit counts. With the Brazilian initiative and other DEIF efforts to manage WEEE, we are contributing to a more responsible use of electronics from cradle to grave – and trying to prevent another Great Wall of electronic waste."