LAN transports more than 3 tons of electronic waste from Easter Island to Santiago

  • Electronic waste collected will be recycled and converted into new computers to be donated to communities without access to technology.


Santiago, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - As part of the celebration of World Environment Day and in order to contribute to the care and preservation of Easter Island, today, more than three tons of electronic waste were delivered to the National Cargo Terminal of LAN Airlines in the Santiago Airport, carried by the airline from Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Electronic waste collected will be recycled at the Chilenter Foundation and converted into new computers to be donated to communities without access to technology.

The ceremony was led by the Environment Minister of Chile, Maria Ignacia Benitez, the General Manager Chile LAN Airlines, Enrique Elsaca and the Chilenter Foundation Executive Director, Sergio Larrain.

Enrique Elsaca, General Manager LAN in Chile, said: "Easter Island is a destination of great importance to LAN and we are committed to developing sustainable tourism. That is why we have led concrete initiatives to protect the environment and to be, in this regard, a strategic partner with the island."

Through an appeal made to the Rapa Nui community, more than three thousand kilos of electronic waste were able to be collected, including computers, laptops, keyboards and mice.


Computers are composed of 25% of reusable components, 72% of recyclable materials such as plastics, ferrous metals, aluminum, copper, gold, nickel, tin and 3% of toxic elements such as lead and mercury, and optimal treatment of these prevents polluting waterways, soil and air. Also by recycling computer equipment, precious metals are recovered, resulting in savings of up to 80% of the costs of primary production of these, through traditional mining.

The parts that cannot be reused go on to a sorting line, which is to classify the pieces and parts, which are sent to national and international recycling companies in charge of recovering the vast majority of metals: gold, silver, copper, among others. This way, the metals are removed to be reused as raw material.