Circular Economy into Practice: Electrical & Electronic Equipment

Our partners, Indumetal Recycling, a company specialized in the integrated management of WEEE, and Recyclia, an environmental platform for recycling electronic products, batteries and lamps, are putting circular economy into practice by developing a demonstration (pilot) in Getxo (Basque Country), in Spain. It will run from December 2020 until September 2021, in collaboration with Getxo’s Local Authority, local shops and schools.

 

The pilot aims to co-create circular economy solutions with all relevant stakeholders, engage citizens in collaborative reuse & recycling and promote sustainable consumption.

 

In addition, a new collaborative system will be tested in order to increase  collection rates of unused electronic products and encourage citizens to reuse and recycle them.

As such, citizens who dispose of their small electronic devices via the intelligent bins, will earn Eco-credits in return. This reward can then be exchanged in the participating local shops for discounts or other advantages. Eco-credits can also be donated to plant more trees in Getxo.

This has meant the integration of several intelligent systems to work together: on the one hand, an intelligent container capable of identifying the user and the electronic device he has left in the container. On the other hand, a mobile application that allows the user to open an eco-account, receive his/her ecocredits and manage them. And finally, a computer platform that collects all the information in a database and allows the necessary traceability processes to be carried out.

We will also be collecting user feedback on the WEEE collection by asking them to answer a short survey to be found in the feedback system of the app.

Lastly, in order to promote sustainable consumption and raise their awareness of the circular economy, we are involving local school students in the project as well.

If you encounter any issue regarding the recycling process, please contact us at: circ4life@indumetal.com

 

Please visit the specific page on the demo here  in Spanish https://www.circ4life.eu/demos-getxo  and Basque https://www.circ4life.eu/demo2-getxo-eus.

For more information on Recyclia: www.recyclia.es 

For more information on Indumetal Recycling: www.indumetal.com 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776503. The views and opinions expressed in this website are purely those of the writers and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.