A collaboration between CNR and HERA saw from May 31 to June 5 2021 a collection of small WEEE ( computers, cell phones etc.) at the High School "Enrico Fermi" in Bologna with the help of Hera, the local waste management company, and in collaboration with the project RM@Schools. More than of the more than 400 devices collected at the school, totalling to 220kg of e-waste recovered.
The #WEEE4Future Project was presented at the National Science Festival of Genoa 2020. The stand was set up by EIT RawMaterials in collaboration with the National Research Council of Italy. This year, the National Science Festival introduced visitors to both physical and online activities. They learnt, in an interactive way, about circular economy, critical raw materials and how to correctly recycle materials. Moreover, visitors were encouraged to have some fun by engaging in chemical experiments using metals, rocks and minerals.
In October 2020, WEEE4Future started a fruitful collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano. WEEE4Future suppliedtutors to represent “the company” in the Politecnico’s ‘Business in Transformation Lab.’ This is a course for students in their final year of the Master’s degree in Industrial and Management Engineering, as part of the Sustainable Operation and Social Innovation Stream. Four students from the Politecnico di Milano, from different countries, helped us to achieve the WEEE4Future goals by raising awareness of the e-waste problem and encouraging citizens to recycle their old electronic devices correctly.
The Wcycle Institute, as a partner in the Urban Soil for Food project, launched a campaign in September where citizens of Maribor were able to bring used and still working electrical and electronic equipment and other useful items (books, toys, clothes, textiles) to the different stalls. In total there was a collection of 350 kg of e-waste that have since gone on to recycling, collection and recycling was done by ZEOS.