Central regions | Industry, manufacturing

Russians step up electronics waste management

4 Aug '20
Ecopolis Corporation, the only electronics waste recycling complex in Russia, celebrates its third anniversary. The production complex of Ecopolis consists of three enterprises: the Ekotekhprom and Ecoplast plants are located in Moscow, and the Aurus plant in the Oryol region.

The construction of the factories began in 2017, for the first time the complex accepted recyclable materials for processing in June 2019. At the moment, both plants are operating in Moscow and commissioning is underway at a plant in the Oryol region.
“Electronic and electrical wastes are some of the most toxic and require particularly careful recycling. According to various estimates, from 150 to 300 thousand tons of such waste per year are generated in Moscow. If the recycling process is optimally adjusted, then up to 95% of scrap can be returned to economic circulation as recyclable materials. At the Ekoplast plant in the capital, plastic is converted from gadgets and computers into granules, which are then sent for further processing. As a result, they turn into building materials, consumer goods, or can become part of the road surface,” said Alexander Prokhorov, head of the Moscow Investment and Industrial Policy Department.
Ecopolis Corporation's factories do not have analogs in Russia and form a single production chain: the used equipment goes to the capital Ecotechprom - the largest industrial enterprise in Russia and the CIS for the processing of electronic and electrical equipment, where waste is separated into fractions. After commissioning of the Aurus plant, copper scrap and printed circuit boards will be sent for disposal to the Oryol region, plastic elements are crushed and sent to Ekoplast.
“Ecoplast Plant has been a resident of Technopolis Moscow SEZ since 2019. Now Pechatniki can process up to 25 thousand tons of mixed body plastics a year, and the output is recycled plastic granules. Also, the Ecopolis corporation has placed a collection point for used equipment on the territory of the technopolis, which gives the electronic waste of tenants and residents a second life. The localization of such a socially responsible enterprise in the Moscow SEZ forms a culture of conscious consumption and respect for nature, ”said Gennady Dyogtev, General Director of the Technopolis Moscow SEZ.
Ecopolis is ready to share its experience creation of a production chain for all regions of the country, added the General Director of the Corporation Maxim Lobanov.
“I am confident that any single industry can be made efficient and competitive in five years. For this, the country has all the necessary resources. In three years, we have created from scratch a high-tech infrastructure for the processing of waste electrical and electronic equipment, adapting the European experience to Russian realities. Technological solutions tested at our enterprises have proven their effectiveness and can be replicated in other regions of our country. Moreover, business interest in the processing industry is growing, ”said Maxim Lobanov.
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