H2020 CEWASTE – Voluntary certification scheme for waste treatment


The Horizon 2020 project CEWASTE (Voluntary certification scheme for waste treatment) contributes to an improved recovery of valuable and critical raw materials (CRMs). It focuses on key types of waste, such as electrical and electronic equipment waste (WEEE) and batteries. The improved recovery will be achieved by setting up auditing and certification of traceable and sustainable treatment processes in the entire supply chain of secondary raw materials.

waste treatment certification schemeSpecifically, the project will develop, validate and launch a voluntary certification scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant amounts of valuable and critical raw materials. As such, CEWASTE will address the specific challenge to secure the sustainable access to CRMs for the EU economy as well as objectives set by the EU action plan for the Circular Economy, the issue of illegal trade of wastes within the EU and to non-EU countries, and the need to support the development of environmentally and socially sound recycling systems globally.

Based on existing recovery practices, standards and verification schemes, the project will develop sustainability and traceability requirements, an assurance system and related verification procedures. The new voluntary scheme will be validated through pilots with selected and committed stakeholders of the value chain, also including partners outside of the European Union, such as in Turkey, Colombia and Rwanda. As a synthesis, CEWASTE will present a clear roadmap for necessary amendments of existing mechanisms and a large-scale roll-out of the scheme.

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CEWASTE kick-off, Brussels, 5 December 2018

CEWASTE is coordinated by the World Resources Forum and implemented together with a consortium composed of key European stakeholders in the area of electrical and electronic waste, namely: European Association of Electrical and Electronic Take back Schemes (WEEE Forum), European Electronic Recycler Association (EERA), Austrian Standards International (ASI), European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS), Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), Oeko Institute, Sofies, and the United Nations University (UNU).

The project was kicked off in Brussels, December 2018

More information about the project will be available on the project website http://www.cewaste.eu (under construction).

The CEWASTE project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.