The WEEE-Trace project stands above 20.000 tons of WEEE managed with comprehensive traceability
Since its inception, just three years ago, the WEEE-Trace Eco-Innovation Project, led by the Ecolec Foundation, has managed with comprehensive traceability more than 20.000 tons of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). A system in full deployment phase, which was designed to increase the amount of managed "electronic waste", follow its route at all times and avoid leaks to uncontrolled or illegal parallel circuits.
A system that, in addition to controlling WEEE management, guaranteeing its follow-up and monitoring flows, significantly reduces the processing and administrative documentation related to WEEE recycling processes. The WEEE-Trace Project, chosen on March 1, 2011 by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and European Innovation (EACI) will run until July 2014. An initiative, led by Ecolec and MCCTELECOM as the provider of the technology solution, relies on the latest technologies (radio frequency labeling and identification, geolocation and even video recording) to improve the control of waste electrical and electronic equipment and support EU requirements with a view to increasing collection and reuse rates, recycling and recovery.
In October 2012, the then pilot project already managed its first thousand fully mapped units. A year later, in 2013, it reached 10.000 tons and now, six months after that mark, the 20.000 tons of waste from electrical and electronic devices managed with this innovative system that controls WEEE from the place where appears in the management chain of the Ecolec Foundation until recycling occurs.
It is currently in the period of deployment of the solution in the reverse logistics chain of Ecolec, which has 79 collection points, 25 logistics operators and 59 treatment plants, amounts higher than those initially committed.
WEEE-Trace aims to meet two objectives; the first, environmental, with a 39% increase in controlled recycling; a 34% reduction in CO2 emissions (as a result of improvements in recycling and logistics); and another decrease, that of CFC emissions, in this case of 12%; the second of the purposes is marked by an estimated return on investment in three years; a 5% reduction in costs, minimize fraud, and its high replicability.
About the WEEE-Trace project
The WEEE-Trace Project was selected in 2011 by AECI, the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation of the European Commission, within its CIP-Eco-Innovation Program (an initiative that contributes to the innovative products, processes or ideas they present environmental advantages and protect the environment are solutions applicable in real conditions for its transfer to the market). This initiative not only enables the European Union to meet its environmental challenges but also fosters the competitiveness of industry and economic development.