A unique recycling facility is being built

Alltrade Group, a refurbished and used IT equipment provider, will build the first plant of its kind in Israel for recycling electronic waste, at an investment of about 40 million shekels. Construction will be completed in 2013.

The plant, which will be built in the Barkan Industrial Zone, in the territories, will provide services to manufacturers and local authorities, while complying with environmental laws. The plant can receive up to 20 million kilograms of electronic waste.

AllTrade has been very active in promoting the electronic waste law in Israel, since this law deals with much of what the company does, and it’s one of the only facilities in Israel to provide a comprehensive solution that fully implements the law. The new law, which was passed two days ago in the Knesset, during the second and third readings, will obligate importers and manufacturers of electronic equipment to properly recycle the equipment without damaging the environment. The law also states that manufacturers or importers are required to recycle the equivalent of at least 50% of the weight of the equipment they imported or produced. Waste collection will be done in collaboration with local authorities, distributors, and various factories. The law prioritizes the refurbished computer sector, stating that the refurbishment of the product is a stage that precedes and replaces the recycling stage.

At the moment, All Trade is the only Israeli company to employ the ITAD (IT Asset Disposal) process, which enables us to comprehensively treat any hardware that has outlived its use at an organization and can’t be reused out of security concerns, or because the technology had become outdated. Hardware is dismantled down to the individual chips, and sent to be recycled. Once the plant is built, All Trade will be able to conduct the recycling process from beginning to end, and at much greater quantities.

According to  Gadi Reichman, the C.E.O. of AllTrade, “After the law was passed, the electronic waste recycling market will expand to many times its size, in a short time, thanks to the economic value of electronic waste recycling. With regard to certain fields, such as recycling electronic equipment that contains gases, like air conditioners and refrigerators – I doubt that the appropriate infrastructure for proper recycling will exist by the time the law comes into force.”

He added that “both junkyards and end users will need to comply with the law. They had grown accustomed to recycling only their valuable equipment, and throwing out any materials with a negative value. Now, they will need to comply with the law and the ensuing ordinances that will come into force, and whoever doesn’t do so will become irrelevant.”

Much of the equipment that makes its way to junkyards came from various collectors who collected what they wanted, and threw the rest out onto the street, or into the local authority’s trash bins.

The law will put Israel on the list of respectable countries that have passed appropriate environmental legislation and take measures to create infrastructure to support this legislation.”