WEEEWaste - Improving policies for Waste management of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Project: Research



The issue addressed by the project is the necessity to implement European coordinated approaches for the management of Waste from Electrical, Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU established for 2016 a minimum collection rate of 45% of all WEEE placed on the market in the preceding 3 years (in 2018, the EU rate was 47%), but from 2019 the rate rose to 56% (or 85% of the WEEE generated on the country).
European Court of Auditors 2021 review “EU actions and existing challenges on electronic waste” point out that the collection, recycling and reuse of 3-waste are not equally effective in all Member States.
Unfortunately, each country in the EU has decided a way to implement the Directive, which means 27 different implementations. In 2019, only Bulgaria, Croatia and Poland achieved the 65% target, while other countries such as Italy, Romania or Germany were at the bottom of EU list with 40%.
WEEEWaste aims to implement better national, regional and local policies for management of WEEE, covering the main recommendations of the “Circular Electronics Initiative” from the EU Circular Economy AP.

The final objective of WEEEWaste is to promote reuse, collection, recycling and other forms of recovery of WEEE, supporting thus the achievement of the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU.
Partners from 9 regions (Czechia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Netherlands) will exchange practices in a discovery journey to modify their policies, focusing on: To improve the interregional coordination of municipalities an regions in order to fight more effectively against illegal shipment between areas and WEE dumping.
Effectieve start/einddatum1/01/2331/12/26

Samenwerkende partners

  • Hanze
  • Czech Technical University in Prague (hoofd)
  • Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency
  • Regional Government of Navarre
  • Municipality of Campobasso
  • Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH
  • Hajdu-Bihar County Council
  • Gdansk Municipality
  • Environmental Research Institute