Only 17.4% of 2019 e-waste was collected and recycled, out of 53.6 million metric tons of waste generated in the world last year. But electronic
Within International E-Waste Day, promoted by WEEE Forum - the world's largest multi national centre of competence as regards operational
On September 17th, at the University Campus in Savona (Italy), it has been discussed the degree dissertation entitled "Towards a Circular Model in WEEE Management: A General Framework, Operating Modes and Different Scenarios in a Case Study" by Valeria Fanghella and Giuseppe Gambardella, students from the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Genoa. The thesis refers to
the Weeenmodels project as an emblematic examples in the WEEEs management, that caused some innovations after the introduction of new WEEEs regulations. In particular, the work done aimed at the definition of special containers to preserve the integrity of a specific WEEE category which can be prepared for the re-use.
Towards a Circular Model in WEEE Management: A General Framework, Operating Modes and Different Scenarios in a Case Study
With this thesis we aimed to explore the opportunities offered by a transition towards a circular model in WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) management in Europe and, especially, in Italy. To reach this goal, the thesis was split in two sections.
The first part consists in a theoretical study: we analyzed the economic, social and environmental issues caused by the current industrial and economic system, referred to as Linear Economy, and we studied a more sustainable alternative: the Circular Economy. In this scenario, we showed how relevant WEEEs are in a Circular Economy, we offered an overview of the recently-updated European and Italian legislative framework and eventually showed some relevant data about WEEE collection and recycling in Italy.
The second section is empirical. In particular, we focused on two projects related to WEEE management. With our participation into the European project WEEENMODELS we defined an array of suitable containers to collect and transport WEEE, in precise collection circumstances. Those WEEE will be prepared for reuse. The second project is a collaboration between Remedia, an Italian "Collective System" for technologic waste management, and one of the main seller of EEE in Italy. Together with Remedia, we suggested some improvements for the seller's WEEE management system aimed not only to overcome some of the critical aspects of the model, but also to make it more profitable.