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ERP Portugal joins a transnational project for WEEE management
ERP Portugal joins a transnational project for WEEE management

ERP Portugal joins the project "Sustainable Transboundary Strategy for Electrical and Electronic Waste Management", which arises from the efficiency use of natural resources and the development of green economy, which is integrated in INTERREG Program.

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ERP Portugal joins the project “Sustainable Transboundary Strategy for Electrical and Electronic Waste Management”, which arises from the efficiency use of natural resources and the development of green economy, which is integrated in INTERREG Program.

This project brings together synergies between entities such as Diputación de la Provincia de Pontevedra, EnergyLab, ERP Portugal and ERP Spain, Lipor – Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto – and Revertia Reusing and Recycling, and will be implemented in Pontevedra and Porto Municipalities’ ecocenters.

The main objective of this project is to improve the cross-border management of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) by promoting innovative technologies for environmental protection and resource efficiency. To this end, existing facilities will be upgraded and adapted to meet current legal requirements.

This way, a process will be defined for waste reuse of large appliances (namely washing machines and dishwashers), and computer and telecommunications equipment (tablets and smartphones).

The goals to be achieved with this project are: to improve the collection and municipal management of waste of large appliances and computer and telecommunications equipment; characterize and compare the environmental impacts of the different processes in the targeted waste management; demonstrate that through prevention, preparation for reuse and proper unbundling of waste management, problems associated with this specific waste stream can be addressed; to strengthen the existing WEEE collection networks, stimulating synergies between the northern regions of Portugal and Galicia; define target reuse guidelines and adapt them to the management of other WEEE; promote new regulatory standards for the reuse of WEEE; create “green jobs”; to alert and sensitize citizens to the need for proper management of this waste; efficiently use resources through recycling and other forms of WEEE recovery.

It is hoped that this project will result in the adaptation of 18 municipal ecocenters situated in the transboundary area, as well as legislation applicable to WEEE management revision, implementation of a stock exchange of resources and raw and secondary materials, and raise awarenss to producers and manufacturers for a new strategy waste management, where the reuse of the waste concerned is privileged.