Mandalah: USP Implements Initiative To Deal With Electronic Waste

Mandalah: USP Implements Initiative To Deal With Electronic Waste

University of São Paulo creates a center for the reuse and recycling of computer and telecommunication goods.

Mauricio Soares
  • 14 june 2011

Founded in 2009, the CEDIR (Center for the Disposal and Reuse of Computer Residues) is now a full-blown facility directed towards the reuse and recycling of e-waste, mainly focused on obsolete computer and telecommunication equipment. It is a pioneer initiative in a public organization and a higher education institution in Brazil.

Located in a 400m2 warehouse inside the main university campus, the CEDIR processes between 500 and 1000 equipments per month, collected from various schools, colleges and institutes from the different USP campuses. As a result, e-waste derived from all over the university is prevented from being disposed in the environment, while allowing for the reuse of functional parts in recovered equipment that is used in social programs of digital inclusion.

CEDIR works under the UN guidelines for sustainable development and its activities are divided into 3 steps:

1)   Collection and triage: Parts and equipments are collected and assessed for reuse. If that’s the case, then the functional product is borrowed to a social project, which should return it to CEDIR by the end of its lifecycle, thus guaranteeing that it will be recycled.

2)   Categorization: The parts and products that failed the reuse triage and/or have reached the end of their lifecycle are weighed, disassembled and separated according to the material they are made of. Materials of the same type are then uncharacterized and compacted for transport.

3)   Recycle: Categorized materials are stored until they are picked up by authorized recycling companies, specialized in materials such as plastic, metals or glass.

For now, the program attends only academic institutions linked to USP and individuals who want to donate personal equipment.





Dubai And The Future Of Humanitarian Design

Design & Architecture
Technology october 21, 2016

Concept Camera Designed To Only Take Unique Photos

Camera Restricta is tool that prompts photographers to only capture one-of-a-kind images

Design & Architecture october 21, 2016

Fragrance Will Release The Smell Of Data If Your Private Information Is Being Leaked

The device is designed to create a physical cue for the potential dangers lurking online


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Retail october 21, 2016

LYNK & CO Is A New Auto Brand That Promises Mobile Connectivity On Wheels

Online access and mobility sharing are driving the company to disrupt the auto industry

Related Expert

Chris Milk

Immersive Experience Visionary

Travel october 21, 2016

Become A Citizen Of The First Nation In Space

Asgardia is a new concept for a floating society above Earth

Entertainment october 21, 2016

Speaker Displays Song Lyrics As Music Is Played

The device is able to generate the graphics on a translucent screen and retrieve the words from a connected database

AI october 21, 2016

Travel Assistant Scans Your Emails To Make Planning Easier

This AI add-on will sync with your inbox and sends reminders to make sure you don't miss anything important


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 21, 2016

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

PSFK Labs october 21, 2016

PSFK Picks: Top 5 Performance-Enhancing Wearables

Our new report looks at innovations pioneering the future of performance through intelligent activewear and predictive analytics

Millennials october 21, 2016

FOMO Survival Kit Helps Millennials Cope With Social Anxieties

The satirical product is meant to be a playful diversion for people who feel like they are missing out

Food october 21, 2016

New York Restaurant Uses Tomato Sushi As Its Newest Meat Alternative

fresh&co is using sous vide Roma tomatoes to create a vegan option that has the texture and taste of tuna

Advertising october 21, 2016

Red Bull Converts Sao Paulo Payphones Into Data-Driven Bus Schedules

The booths allow city residents to check local transit times through a simple toll-free phone call

Retail october 21, 2016

Why Experiential Events Could Replace Trade Shows

Marketers are seeking creative and impactful new ways to connect with influencers

Children october 21, 2016

Modular Kit Teaches Kids How To Make Their Own Robots

MODI features magnetic modules and a platform for programming to encourage experimentation

Infants october 21, 2016

Work Table Doubles As A Baby Seat

Designer Kunsik Choi created the furniture to facilitate emotional communication between between parents and their children

Technology october 21, 2016

Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

Bill Baird's new album explores the relationship between time and music through a website crafted by design team, One Pixel Wide

Technology october 21, 2016

Wearable Device And Lamp Recreate Beautiful Sunsets In Your Home

Sun Memories can record up to six hours of natural light and reproduce it via a connected light at a later date

No search results found.