Recycling of WEEE is a specialist part of the waste and recycling industry. It is a rapidly growing sub-sector due largely to the implementation of the WEEE Directive in the EU Countries; setting of stringent recycling targets and recent events such as digital switchover.
Electrical and electronic waste (E-waste) is currently the largest growing waste stream. Every day a vast number of electrical and electronic devices end up as waste; some of them ready for scrap, others just obsolete. All this is gradually mounting up to a serious environmental problem, which has so far failed to attract the public interest.
There is a need for common recognition of the qualifications of WEEE recycling and re-use managers and workers. Despite the constant increasing need for technically skilled employees to maintain and operate the advanced e-waste treatment facilities, the qualifications and VET frameworks of E-Waste managements have a diversified structure within the EU states and they are not aligned with EQF and ECVET initiatives.
EwasteR Project will develop and establish a new high-quality interdisciplinary curriculum in E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management sector in Europe, creating the link between the production phase and the waste phase of a product to foster a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship as well as generating employability and mobility opportunities.
The new more professional profile for those working in the sector will aid the development of the E-waste Recycling and Re-use sector and will help to raise awareness about the value of reuse and its contribution to a sustainable social and economic development.
The EwasteR Consortium is composed of 13 organisations from four different Countries – Cyprus, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom – fully conforms with Directive 2012/19/EU on WEEE and the old WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC, which was repealed in February 2014 and it will collaborate for three years with the following objectives:
- Identify the current qualification routes and the occupational profiles across Europe that are relevant to the field of E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management, exchanging experience, practice and strategies to raise awareness among key stakeholders on the potential of reuse to generate employment opportunities and revenue.
- Develop a new professional qualification using EU criteria (ECVET-EQAVET) that delivers relevant skills, knowledge and competencies for E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management professionals, which will be piloted through innovative VET experience (classroom; open management school; virtual mobility) and work-based learning activities (Labs-shadowing)
- Provide a Handbook for the final transparent recognition and validation process for the assessment of learning outcomes developed during the Pilot experiences to facilitate labour mobility, mutual trust and increased recognition of qualifications at European level within the sector.
- Create a new Project Open Web-Area to share information, practice, research, tools and expertise across the sector during and beyond the lifespan of the Project..
- Provide a package of VET tools and instruments that deliver transferable skills and competencies that facilitates the mobility of VET learners and workers across Europe.
- Invigorate the E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management business area in Europe to encourage the conversion from informal to formal business.