February 28, 2019: Company announcement
reCYCle your ELectronics: this is the motto of the new portal www.CYCEL.de. The online platform launches on March 1, 2019, and is another important element in the EU project FORCE (cities cooperating FOR Circular Economy) towards waste prevention and recycling.
Hamburg - many electrical appliances end up in the basement, even though they still work properly. The owners often don’t know what they should do with their old device: It is still worth something? Can it be sold? Where could I donate it? CYCEL can answer all these questions.
For thousands of different electrical appliances, CYCEL indicates the current market value of the used device. Devices that are in demand should be sold, donated or given away: CYCEL shows where. If there is no demand, CYCEL also shows where cell phones, coffee machines and so on can be taken for disposal.
But sometimes a device is also defective. Can it then be repaired? Is a repair worth it? The portal also helps in such cases, and provides links to repair manuals for every type of device. If the repair is difficult or requires special tools, further possibilities are available, especially in Hamburg as a participating project city: You can visit one of the many repair cafés - on CYCEL, you will find the locations, dates and opening times of all repair cafés in and around Hamburg. The next step will be to include repair companies, who can publicize their services via the portal.
Although it is important to use electrical appliances for as long as possible, technical changes often mean that devices can no longer be used. Then it is important that the valuable materials inside these items are returned to the material cycle as quickly as possible: get rid of the cell phones in the drawer, and the old stereo system or PC in the basement. For this, CYCEL lists all the recycling centers and the additional disposal opportunities in Hamburg.
CYCEL was developed by Consist ITU within the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 Project FORCE (cities cooperating FOR Circular Economy) of the cities of Hamburg, Copenhagen, Genoa and Lisbon, to improve dealing with used electrical equipment. The Hamburg cooperation partners are the Stadtreinigung Hamburg (Hamburg’s cleansing department), the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Senate Chancellery), the HafenCity University Hamburg, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Aurubis AG.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689157. FORCE project website: www.ce-force.eu