ENEA committed to improving electronic waste collection
Managing the increased amount of electric and electronic waste in urban areas: this is the objective of Inno-WEEE, the European project that aims to speed up the disposal of this type of waste through circular economy models.
The programme will be tested in three cities: Trento and Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy, and Bath, UK. The project involves ENEA, Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the companies Ecodom, Metellia Servizi, Dedagroup and Better Points.
ENEA will develop a system of innovative containers and a data platform for waste traceability at Cava de’ Tirreni. It will also provide technical and scientific support to the Public Administration over issues related to the environmental impact of the waste chain, raising public awareness of the best practices available in terms of innovative methodologies and tools, training and informing users.
The first part of the project involves the evaluation of the collection of small appliances from citizens, schools and offices. Experimental procedures will also be activated for the collection, traceability and extension of the lifecycle of the collected equipment, with reward schemes.
“The latest statistics tell us that only 4 kg of WEEE per inhabitant per year are recycled in Italy against an average annual per capita production of about 13 kg. To increase collection, we will provide local authorities with the best circular economy models developed after years of activity also carried out by taking part in international projects”, said Marco Tammaro from ENEA.
The project, funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology with the support of EIT Climate-KIC, was presented by ENEA during Ecomondo 2018.