The specific objectives are to assess the market (to close information gaps) and the market potential of used electronic devices. Introduce an innovative ICT system to continuously observe and govern the WEEE market (a Big Data system), which delivers data to an App / Portal so that upstream and downstream participants in the value chain position themselves in the best possible way to demand customer and continuously improve the system due to the insertion of additional data.

Another objective is to increase the recycling rate of WEEE, optimizing and adapting the collection system and optimizing the dismantling to meet the demands of the fusion installations. At least one objective is to evaluate and validate the business models created based on the reuse and disassembly of EEEs.

FORCE Ambitions

Hamburg wants to achieve a collection of 65% used EEE, according to the EU’s 2019 WEEE target. It also aims to replicate promising communication strategies and eco-innovative solutions (for example, workshops) across the city, so that WEEE repair services can be offered to its 1.8 million inhabitants.

Copenhagen will develop a local infrastructure for the collection and repair of EEE in a limited area of 1,000 to 2,000 inhabitants. Citizens will be advised to sell or give used EEE to local repair shops. The goal is to increase the collection rate by 50% in the area to 7.5 kg / capita.

Lisbon will create two repair shops in the city center to reduce the amount of WEEE discarded. They will be located in municipal facilities / markets or on streets with relevant pedestrian flow. Small EEEs will be repaired by students or unemployed people with professional electrician courses. Repaired EEEs will be sold at repair shops at low prices or will be donated to social organizations.

Genoa aims to organize four cafes to show how to repair the most used appliances (vacuum cleaner, printer, chandelier, computer, etc.), according to the activities developed in Hamburg.