ESTRAEE

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) included in the Interreg V A España – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 program.

Start year: 2015

Conclusion year: 2020

Partners: Diputación de Pontevedra, Lipor-Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto, Revertia Reusing and Recycling, Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Eficiencia y Sostenibilidad Energética (Energylab) and European Recycling Platform, ERP SAS, sucursal en España.

Description:

Prior survey of the current conditions of selected ecocenters in the North of Portugal and Spain for their suitability for receiving and segregating material from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) that can be recovered and reused. The project also includes an exhaustive study of product needs and potential resources and raw materials, as well as the definition of contents and functionalities for the creation of a digital traceability platform and the preparation of a manual of good practices.

Within this scope, results communication campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of sustainable behavior are defined.

Goals:

  • Promote, in the cross-border area of ​​Galicia and Northern Portugal, the management of WEEE, both at the level of the citizen, local administration and producers, through mechanisms of extended producer responsibility (RAP), and at the level of managers, according to the legislation in force (Decree-Law no. 152-D / 2017, of December 11, 2017);
  • Boost the circular economy in the market of secondary raw materials;
  • Promote innovation, technological development and the generation of “green” jobs;
  • Improve collection systems and promote the adequacy of ecocenters to segregate recoverable material;
  • Identify the WEEE categories most susceptible to recovery and reuse;
  • Monitor and analyze the current status of WEEE reuse and its regulation in the national and international contexts.

RECICLA RAEE 3A

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) included in the Interreg V A España – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 program.

Start year: 2017

Conclusion year: 2022 (after extension request)

Partners: Ayuntamento de Alcalá de Guadaíra, Asociación Andaluza de Electrodomésticos y Otros Equipamientos del Hogar (AAEL), Reciclado de Componentes Eléctricos S. A. (Recilec), Limpieza Pública y Protección Ambiental S.A.M. (Lipasam), Fundación Ecolec, TaviraVerde – Empresa Municipal de Ambiente, Associação do Comércio e Serviços da Região do Algarve (ACRAL), Comunidade Intermunicipal do Baixo Alentejo (CIMBAL) and European Recycling Platform, ERP SAS, sucursal en España.

Description:

Diagnosis and current status of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) management in the cross-border territory of Algarve-Alentejo-Andalusia that will give rise to the elaboration and implementation of several measures, among which: training course for WEEE management, guide for circular economy in the management and production of this waste, web tools to control their traceability in the territory covered and to identify / report incorrect practices.

It includes a pilot project to be developed based on a guide prepared with the companies and organizations involved and integrates communication and awareness campaigns for the population.

Goals:

  • Analyze the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) chain value, for more efficient management in all stakeholders involved;
  • Establish mechanisms for cross-border collaboration in the southern region of Portugal and Spain, converging on the optimization of the collection and transport of WEEE and its traceability;
  • Avoid illegal dumping and the environmental impact associated with the incorrect management of this type of waste;
  • Make the population aware of the WEEE management issue and identify their responsibility in the chain value;
  • Formar empresas e entidades implicadas na gestão de REEE, no caminho da melhoria de processos e protocolos;
  • Train companies and entities involved in the management of WEEE, on the way to improving processes and protocols;
  • Address circular economy criteria in the WEEE management.

CREW

Start year: 2018

Conclusion year: 2021

Partners: Lipor-Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto

Description:

Creation of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste Recovery Centers (CREW), which function as training and capacity to build spaces for this practice. Thus, CREW embraces the training of repair technicians and events that promote the knowledge of these practices, encouraging them, namely through thematic exhibitions, Repair Cafés and training workshops for the population to increase the useful life of their equipment.

In order to feed this network of CREW centers, equipment delivery points with potential for recovery are promoted and partnerships with companies, associations, universities and local administration are established.

Goals:

  • Extend the life span of electrical and electronic equipment that can be recovered, avoiding its immediate disposal;
  • Empower the community with the necessary tools so that equipment recovery is possible and feasible;
  • Train professionals to repair and maintain this type of equipment;
  • Enhance youth employment;
  • Comply with national targets established for the recovery of collected material.

ERP ECO SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Start year: 2019

Conclusion year: 2021

Partners: Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (APA), Associação Bandeira Azul da Europa (ABAE)/Programa EcoCampus, Direção-Geral das Atividades Económicas (DGAE) and Young Professionals Group by APESB (Associação Portuguesa de Engenharia Sanitária e Ambiental).

Description:

Challenge directed to Higher Education for the development of innovative projects to answer the sector’s problems. The latest edition was dedicated to the design and communication of a new Depositrão container for the collection of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), equipment with potential for reuse and used batteries, tamper-proof and built with recycled or recyclable materials.

Candidate projects were submitted online, on a dedicated micro-site, and evaluated by the jury, composed of ERP Portugal and partner entities: Portuguese Environment Agency, European Blue Flag Association / EcoCampus Program, General Directorate of Economic Activities and Young Professionals Group by APESB.

Each of the three winning groups was recognized with a cash prize of € 3000.

Goals:

  • Actively contribute to raise awareness of the issues of reuse and recycling of WEEE and used batteries, in circular economy context;
  • Encourage the active participation of citizens in the selective delivery of the targeted waste, through the proposed solutions (submitted
  • Bring the young population closer to the issue, demonstrating its importance in the waste management chain;
  • Support the implementation of projects that stand out for their innovation, relevance and potential for the application of sustainable practices, within Higher Education establishments.

KET4F-GAS

Project co-financed

by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) included in the Interreg Sudoe program.

Start year: 2018

Conclusion year: 2020

Partners: In this project, the ERP Portugal participates only as an associated partner, such as the European Recycling Platform, ERP SAS, branch in España., Which means that it contributes to the project through information for market studies, as well as contact with the producers, and dissemination of p

roject results, not using any associated international funding.

Description:

In Portugal, the project was conducted by a team of researchers from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in collaboration with Enviestudos S.A., No Waste – Gestão e Recuperação de Resíduos, Lda. and other partners from Spain and France.

The project was developed through scientific and in

vestigative methods, mostly in the laboratory, with ERP Portugal contributing questionnaires to producers of the associated waste typology (refrigeration and air conditioning equipment), participation in meetings and project initiatives, communication of associated results and awareness campaign.

Goals:

  • Develop technology to recover fluorinated gases from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, reducing its emissions;
  • Apply “green” principles in the development of this technology;
  • Contribute to applied research and eco-innovation;
  • Create awareness among citizens for this issue.

CHARACTERIZATION STUDIES

Start year: 2019

Conclusion year: 2020

Partners: SGS

Description:

The characterizations have been carried out, annually, using the services of an external, independent and impartial entity to monitor the functioning of the Integrated Management Systems, through the study of an adequate sampling. In 2020, in partnership with SGS, the focus is Batteries and Accumulators Waste (WBA).

Goals:

  • Actively study the evolution of the specific WBA flow;
  • Control the quality of services provided by ERP Portugal;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in the collection network;
  • Recognize the evolution of the chemical types of this waste, paying attention to its danger and the possibility of recycling / treatment;
  • To determine needs in the handling, collection and packaging of WBA;
  • Continuously improve the service provided.

 

WORKING GROUPS

In addition to the specific projects, ERP Portugal supports and is associated with the Young Professionals Group by APESB, in which various innovative themes of interest to the sector are developed, in order to keep up to date on the state of the art in the world of waste.

This group includes young people from all over the country who integrate working groups aiming at the investigation and research of the information necessary for the continuous improvement processes of the sector, as well as the development of small projects and initiatives for the dissemination of content at conferences.

O YPG da APESB encontra-se intimamente ligado à International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) e promove iniciativas em parceria com esta entidade.

The APESB YPG is closely linked to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and promotes initiatives in partnership with this entity.

Currently, the themes being worked on by this group are: Urban Mining, Blockchain, Nature Based Solutions, Industrial Ecology, Artificial Intelligence and Accountability.