Ehsan Abedi

Ehsan Abedi

Integrated Product Design MSc

Electronic Waste Toolkit

A new set of tools for e-waste disassembly

There is a large amount of electronic waste in developing countries. Bangalore has 20,000 tonnes of this waste per year, and the rate is rising at 20% per year. A lack of small scale dismantling and recycling tools within these countries has led to exposure to toxic elements such as Lead and Beryllium from burning electronic products to obtain scrap metal. This project created a set of new tools that would allow for e-waste disassembly. The tools are free through crowd sourced donations and a resale community for materials and components is created through a mobile phone based sharing system. Three tools were developed, a wire stripper used to separate metal from polymer insulation in wiring, a solar powered soldering iron for removing components and a solar powered tool for cutting and prying open product casing.