Ecommunity - Social Corporation for the Recycling of Electronic Waste Ltd, was founded in 2013 with the objective of receiving administrative accreditation as a Recognized Implementation Entity, pursuant to The Environmental Treatment of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Batteries Law, in order to enable manufacturers and importers to fulfill their obligations according to the Law.
Ecommunity's shareholders are the Ecology for Protected Community Ltd , fully owned by Mr. Danny Kogan, a company employing individuals with special needs for the handling of electronic waste, and the European Recycling Platform (ERP) , a pan-European organization offering producer compliance for electronic waste, batteries and packaging founded and owned by the world's most prominent electronic manufacturers: Electrolux, Sony, HP and P & G. ERP owns Recognized Implementation Entities for the handling of electronic waste in fifteen countries throughout Europe.
In January, Ecommunity was accredited a Recognized Implementation Entity by the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection (the MoE) according to the Electronic Waste Law.
Ecommunity's primary goal is to meet the requirements of manufacturers and importers with whom it has agreements according to the Electronic Waste Law, with attention to cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
Upon receiving MoE approval as to Ecommunity reaching recycling goals set by the Law, all monetary surpluses will be used to reduce the service fees paid by manufacturers and importers throughout the year.
Ecommunity will work towards increasing awareness among the Israeli public of the proper disposal of electronic waste and batteries, strongly emphasizing the utilization of this waste, while promoting the integration of individuals with special needs as a part of society's workforce. Doing so, Ecommunity would help the special needs population achieve social integration, self realization, and a sense of productivity and independence. This is how we believe we can make electronic waste an asset!
Implementing clause 25 - Ecommunity's rehabilitative plan:
As part of the implementation of clause 25 of the Electronic Waste Law, the main social guideline adopted by Ecommunity regards the integration of individuals with special needs into society and particularly into the workforce.
The principle guidelines of Ecommunity's social program are the following:
- Recruiting the business sector with the objective of implementing the arrangements required by the Electronic Waste Law, while emphasizing Ecommunity's social benefit and communal involvement.
- Full cooperation with the Union of Local Authorities in order to better implement the Law's arrangements together with Ecommunity's social goals.
- Establishing an integrated solution combining educational, welfare, and environmental aspects in the municipal authorities in order to create better employment options for individuals with special needs.
- Cooperating with various charities and other institutions treating people with disabilities, in order to use their facilities as electronic waste collection points, and providing employment for the residents of these institutions in the field of waste sorting.
The significance of implementing the law in terms of rehabilitation and employment:
- Implementation of the law would allow the collection, sorting and handling of electronic waste on a larger scale. This growth would immediately impact the number of people with special needs that would be employed in this market
- Conversely, this considerable effect of increasing the number of special needs employees will be primarily the result of the increased handling of electronic appliances and small electronic products- computers, printers, DVDs, etc.
- In time, the success of this national social initiative will also be examined for its ability to provide those individuals with tools enabling them to face the many challenges they meet via a broad, thorough, therapeutic rehabilitative program.
Ecommunity's rehabilitative program for its special needs employees includes:
- Discussions and guidance as to coordinating expectations at the workplace and receiving feedback
- Professional training courses in fields such as computer skills, recycling, information security, environmental protection, etc.
- Other enriching activities and lectures on a range of topics, including civics, health, nutrition, etc.
- Assistance in meeting high school graduation standards
- Professional tours in factories and companies
- Tours focused on better familiarization with Israel's society and landscape
- Visiting theaters and museums.
This program will be implemented in all of Ecommunity's recycling sites in Israel, according to clause 25 of the Electronic Waste Law, requiring adequate representation of individuals with disabilities among the Recognized Implementation Entity's employees.
Ecommunity will work towards increasing the number of employees in the field of electronic waste recycling.
Meeting its rehabilitation responsibility in full will mean a significant improvement in the rehabilitation processes of employees in the recycling sites.
Ecommunity's Board of Directors and Position Holders:
Ben Shalom Yossi- Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ayalon Ami- Director
Ben Shalom Yigal- Director
Klauzner Doron- Director
Rabin Dalia- Director
Andreas Bohnhoff- Director
Christophe Pautrat- Director
Romina Meir Rafe - Director
Avi Shani - Director
Tsachi Ein Gal - CEO
Haim Yashar – Legal Advisor