Voluntary Certification Scheme for CRM recycling (CEWASTE Project)

Voluntary Certification Scheme for CRM recycling (CEWASTE Project)

Workshop organizers: CEWASTE Project Consortium

Date and Time: Wednesday 23 October 2019, 16:00 – 18:00 CET

Link to the WRF conference themes:

  • Green and circular economy
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Raw materials in the informal economy


Description and objective:

This workshop focusses on the Horizon 2020 funded project, CEWASTE (Voluntary Certification Scheme for Waste Treatment), which aims to develop and test a voluntary certification scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant quantities of valuable and critical raw materials. CEWASTE will address the specific challenges of securing sustainable access to CRMs for the EU economy, meeting the objectives set by the EU action plan for the Circular Economy and supporting the development of environmentally and socially sound recycling systems globally. View an infographic of the CEWASTE project flow.

CEWASTE has now entered its 11th month of operation and the project team have taken great strides in the development of the voluntary certification scheme. The project has identified 14 types of key CRM-containing equipment (KCEs) from WEEE, batteries contained in WEEE and ELVs that it will focus on. By taking stock of existing standards and guidelines, the project has identified and developed a set of normative requirements for the environmental, social, technology and governance performance of collection, transport and treatment facilities of the identified KCEs. Furthermore, an assurance system and related verification mechanisms have been established to ensure that the facilities in the value chain comply with the defined requirements. In order to ensure broad acceptance of the scheme and to allow contribution from relevant experts, the project aims to engage a broad range of stakeholders into a transparent consultation process.

The aim of the CEWASTE workshop at WRF 2019 is to present the main objective and key findings of the project. Furthermore, it is intended to identify and engage with key stakeholders and experts and give them the opportunity to contribute to the design and content of the CEWASTE certification scheme.


16:00 – 16:10 Opening and Welcome Mathias Schluep (WRFA)
16:10 – 16:40


Introduction to the CEWASTE Project

General overview of the objectives and approach

Baseline and Gap Analysis

CEWASTE Normative Requirements

CEWASTE Certification Scheme

Shahrzad Manoochehri (WRFA)

Otmar Deubzer (UNU)

Sonia Valdivia (WRF)

Yifaat Baron (Oeko)

16:40 – 17:00 Stakeholder Perspective

Invited Speaker: Heinz Boeni (Empa)

“Challenges in conformity assessment of CRM recovery”

Invited Speaker: Julio Alejandro Giraldo B. (ICONTEC)

“Conformity Assessment for aste and E-waste”

Invited Speaker: Tatiana Terekhova (Basel Convention)

“Statistics on hazardous wastes between 2005 and 2017: generation and transboundary movements, disposal operations and countries involved”

17:00 – 17:45 Group discussions on key elements of the CEWASTE Certification Scheme following the value chain stages Moderator: Pascal Leroy (WEEE Forum)
17:45 – 17:50 Wrap up of the Group Discussion Pascal Leroy (WEEE Forum)
17:50 – 18:00 Next Steps and Closing Mathias Schluep (WRFA)


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In addition to this workshop, the CEWASTE project team is organizing a Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on 22 October 2019, 13:00-18:00, the day before the World Resources Forum conference at the same venue (CICG). More information on the event can be found here.

We welcome all relevant stakeholders to contribute to the meeting. To register to be part of it please complete the relevant form here.