The IDENTIS WEEE project is active since October 2011 and is to be implemented over the next five years. Leading companies in the field of waste management from Italy, Romania and Spain participate to the project. Our objective is to provide the countries involved with a more powerful system for WEEE collection. To this end, we are developing and testing special devices for the separate collection of WEEE. The containers provided are equipped with innovative technological devices for monitoring and tracing the WEEE flow.
The project is organized in three main stages
- From 2011 to 2012 we will design and develop four types of WEEE collection devices:
- Road containers for non-hazardous small-sized WEEE (cell phones, energy saving bulbs, etc.).
- Containers for WEEE collection to be located in highly frequented areas, market-places etc.
- Containers for WEEE collection to be located by resellers or technical assistance centres.
- Road containers for curbside collection of WEEE.
All these containers are equipped with digital devices for user identification and waste recognition (producer, model, weight, size, etc) interfacing with a control unit (data processing center) capable on fomitoring their filling level and of supervising their operation.
- By the end of 2012, we will start an information/education campaign directed to operators and inhabitants of the territories where testing of the devices will take place. This, together with a preliminary assessment of the containers’ efficiency, represents the first stage of the testing phase.
- Testing “on the field” will take place starting from Autumn 2013. It will involve the municipalities of (Bologna and Ravenna) in the Emilia-Romagna region (Italy), the 1st District of the city of Bucharest (Romania) and the city of Zaragoza (Spain).
- The project will be completed in 2015, when data will be collected and studied. The results will be reported to the European Commission