01 Jul

Sustainable strategy for the waste of electrical and electronic equipment management in the Lipor Area and in the Galicia region

The 2nd Technical Conference of the ESTRAEE Project took place on June 23rd, marking the final phase of the project.

The European project ESTRAEE, started in 2017, with the main objective of facilitating the transition to a more circular economy in the management of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), through cooperation between Galicia and the North of Portugal. Among other aspects, the project allowed 18 Drop-off sites, 9 located in LIPOR's Associated Municipalities and 9 in Galicia, to be adapted to the European Directive, with a budget of more than 2 million euros, 75% financed by the ERDF.

LIPOR Administrator, Paulo Carvalho, and Deputación de Pontevedra President, Carmela Silva Rego, were responsible for the opening of the Technical Conference. Both underlined the relevance of the Interreg POCTEP Program, by putting cross-border regions in partnership, fostering cooperation, learning and joint growth and, inevitably, the strengthening of each partner, towards a more sustainable future in the management of electrical and electronic equipment.
The first session was dedicated to the Portuguese and Galicia region legal framework, in which were speakers Mafalda Mota, from the Portuguese Environment Agency; Rui Fonseca, from the North Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N) and Alberto Varela Paz, representing the Galician Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

This was followed by a panel dedicated to the ESTRAEE project, in which was made an assessment of the carried out work and the respective results. LIPOR highlighted the important steps that participation in the ESTRAE project allowed in the operationalization of its strategy for the WEEE sustainable management, a priority waste stream, not only due to its increasing production, but also to its hazardousness, highlighting:

  • The improvement of safety conditions and municipal selective collection systems in 9 Drop-off sites in LIPOR's Associated Municipalities, so that they ensure a correct storage of WEEE, safeguarding the equipment conservation, with a view to its subsequent reuse and recycling;
  • Installation of a support unit for preparation for reuse and a new reuse and recovery centre at LIPOR's facilities, allowing to improve the process traceability and the increase of the reused fraction;
  • The reinforcement of community awareness for the correct management of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment;
  • The creation of a standard with good practices for legal compliance in the operations of municipal WEEE management.

Among the activities that mark the innovative character of the Project, it’s worth to highlight the presentation by ERP Portugal and Spain of the importance of recovering and reusing EEE in the waste management chain and the new monitoring application, Gestraee, which puts digitization to the service of a better management, favouring preparation for reuse and also the Life Cycle Analysis of WEEE management, with a view to improving the environmental performance of this type of waste, presented by EnergyLab.
The Technical Conference ended with a round table that brought together LG Portugal, the Directorate General for Economic Activities (DGAE) and LIPOR, in which was addressed the challenge of circularity in the WEEE value chain.

At the end of proceedings, the success of the ESTREE Project, which is nearing its conclusion, was emphasized, due to the learning and improvements it provided, both in LIPOR's area of influence and in the Galicia region, which marks the beginning of a new paradigm in the sustainable management of WEEE.

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