The collection of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is carried out through an articulated and complex chain that make room for often illegal parallel channels. It is therefore necessary to work on the one hand to improve the traceability of flows, on the other hand for a cultural change supported by a reward system for virtuous behavior.
InnoWEEE is an EIT Climate KIC project that aims to increase the WEEE collection through innovative strategies such as the use of smart bins and the implementation of a web-based platform, which will be tested in three pilot areas. The project aims to put into practice efficient processes for the valorisation of resources, both through the regeneration and re-use of still usable devices, and through the correct recycling and evaluation of valuable materials that can be reintroduced into the production cycle. InnoWEEE intends to use localization services for the collection and transport flows of the appliances collected throughout the supply chain, from the transfer to the recovery and recycling phases, through a web platform based on interoperable data and standard ICT protocols.
FBK is responsible for the Trentino pilot, that focuses on awareness-raising and education on the reduction, re-use, and recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) through playful educational activities that involve the entire school community.
In WEEE R robots campaigns, developed by FBK, children from primary schools collect and categorize their used EEE / WEEE at home involving their family members and friends. At school, thanks to a Web App, all objects collected are registered in the platform and contribute to the earning of virtual credits.
The Web App helps distinguish between functioning objects, repairable objects and waste and guides children and teachers through the correct management process. The accumulated credits allow each class to build a virtual robot. Thanks to the participation of the whole school, a team of robots is created that will “clean the world from waste”. The Web App also provides immediate feedback on the impact achieved through the collection campaign and provides teachers with educational multimedia material that can be used in the classroom. The residual value of functioning and repairable objects can be used by the school to purchase refurbished hardware resources.