E-Waste to support Sustainable Development Goal #12 in Kazakhstan

Alen and Assel, founders of E-Waste movement and Global Goals Kazakhstan sharing their story of how to the consumption of e-waste works in Kazakhstan.

Since my studies, I have been investing my free time in realizing myself in different industries: startups, tenders, and service work. That’s how I found UN, got interested in their activities and found my passion for helping others in need. Two internships in different departments brought me a broader understanding of the organization and I decided to pursue my career here. During five last years, I have been working in the United Nations, being a part of a team to organize the conferences, helping with the creation of a movie about refugees called “The road of hope”, made my contribution on a report about climate changing and on a project about Sustainable transport in Almaty. My role now is to raise awareness about the UN, working with universities, NGOs, etc. and to spread information about activities in Kazakhstan.

My former colleague and an old friend Assel Issabayeva came up with an idea to support 17 Sustainable Development Goals, bring the awareness and make local people involved in it. We founded our NGO “Global Goals Kazakhstan” at the beginning of this year. 

Our project E-Waste brings the awareness about SDG #12 Responsible consumption and production to local people about recycling electronic goods and engages to recycle. 

Right upon receiving, we send it to our partner-companies Altynko and New Capital Company who crushes them to pieces, by breaking them down, sorting the components, and send it to Europe for further recycling and detoxification of hazardous materials.

By now we are actively engaging schools and universities and participating in different event and festivals. Last year we organized a competition of social videos among students from 19 universities in Kazakhstan and received 23 videos. Among them, we chose three best videos which were awarded some memorial prizes. 

Our goal is to install containers for gathering electronic goods around the city, organize our own festival, and invite international experts to help Kazakhstan decrease the impact of e-waste.

Currently, we are looking for financial support to sustain this idea, and organize the festival in the future. It takes us more time to address legal documents for installing containers.

I believe these days youth should try themselves getting experience in different spheres. And one day they find themselves in the sphere they expect the least. But as long as you like it and enjoy doing it, you will make it the best. As I mentioned earlier, I have never expected whom I am going to be and that’s ok. Who seeks, shall find.

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