SmartEEre presenterer foreløpige resultater i Brüssel

Logistikk av EE-avfall er ikke kun et tema i Norge – også EU er opptatt av «best practice» og  logistikken rundt EE-avfall. Østfoldforskning ved Hanne L. Raadal deltar på denne konferansen den 18. november 2014 med å vise til SmartEEre-prosjektet og hvor langt vi er kommet og hvilke resultater vi har oppnådd under denne workshopen, med særlig forkus på den delen av prosjektet som tar for seg sammenligningen mellom Norge og Sverige.

Workshop «Best-Practice Solutions on Electric Waste Logistics in Europe»

The disposal and recycling of used electronic and electrical equipment is a big challenge for Europe. 9 million tons of electrical scrap have been produced in 2005. This amount should raise to 12 million tons in 2020. For this purpose the European Union has updated the WEEE directive Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment in August 2012 (2012/19/EU). The member states should have implemented this directive until February 2014. The European Union asks for a clear increase of collected and recycled electronic waste. Instead of currently requested 4 kg per inhabitant at least 45% of the quantities of products sold to the market during the last three years should be collected from 2016 onwards. In 2019 this amount should raise to 65%.

These growing demands require the introduction of improved collection methods and processes. Especially municipalities and the responsible public utilities are interested in an increase of collection rate. Furthermore electronic waste also becomes a more interesting resource due to its material value. In the framework of the LIFE+ project WEEENModels Italian and German partners work together to improve the WEEE collection system in the City of Genoa. The experiences of other countries and regions are especially important in this context. For this purpose an analysis of successful measures from different countries has been implemented. In the framework of this workshop best-practice solutions from several European regions will be presented and discussed, in order to show potential for improvement of future activities. This should be an important contribution for the achievement of objectives of the WEEE2 directive.