LIFE WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE): treasures to recover!

LIFE16 GIE/IT/000645

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Contact details:

Contact person: Elena Conti
Tel: 390552477490
Fax: 390552260538
Email: elena.conti@ancitoscana.it

Project description:


The production of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing global industries. Economies of scale have led to lower prices for electrical goods, which in turn has increased demand for products, eventually resulting in an increase of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE). While WEEE is a complex mixture of materials and components that can cause major environmental and health problems on account of their hazardous content, if well managed, it can represent a source of raw materials. Although the recovery targets of WEEE set by Directive are far from being met in the EU, Tuscany is one of the best-performing territories in Italy in terms of WEEE collection. Nevertheless, a more in-depth analysis of the region shows that citizens/consumers do not have sufficient knowledge about WEEE management and disposal and that businesses dealing with the installation or distribution of electrical and electronic equipment are poorly involved in WEEE collection activities and face complicated bureaucratic procedures for WEEE management.


The LIFE WEEE project aims to maximise the collection of WEEE in Tuscany, Italy, and Andalusia, Spain, by implementing a new governance model based on a capillary involvement of businesses and awareness raising activities among citizens. Communication towards citizens and businesses will enable these target groups to carry out new practices and to collaborate, thus ensuring the success of the initiative. Drawing public attention to the importance of separate collection of WEEE is essential to both eliminate activities that lead to severe environmental risks and for the full implementation of the WEEE Directive.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Improve the regional governance of WEEE collection and management, by encouraging virtuous behaviours among citizens and businesses and improving the exchange of information between the authorities involved;
  • Create WEEE disposal sites, closely located and easily accessible by citizens, involving local businesses in the process;
  • Encourage the involvement of businesses dealing with electrical and electronic equipment, including large distribution chains (in line with Art. 14 the WEEE Directive);
  • Simplify administrative and bureaucratic procedures for WEEE management;
  • Raise awareness among citizens, local institutions, stakeholders, businesses and other key actors involved in WEEE collection; and
  • Test and scale up the governance model in other EU territories.
  • Expected results:

  • Revision of regional waste planning documents in Tuscany and Andalusia, development and testing of a model of municipal tax regulations with incentives for WEEE collection in 140 communities in Tuscany and activities for capacity building of public officers;
  • Involve 5000/6000 SMEs in Tuscany and 2500 SMEs in Andalusia in WEE related communication, dissemination and training activities. Extend the pre-existing network of WEEE collection points - 500-600 SMEs joining the collection points in Tuscany and 250 in Andalusia ;
  • Develop WEEE management software for SMEs allowing to speed up the compilation of WEEE compulsory registration forms and transport documents as well as eliminate the use of paper records ;
  • Develop a LIFE WEEE APP – georeferencing the WEEE collection points;
  • Involvement of at least 50% of the municipalities of the region of Tuscany to improve the quality of the information on WEEE available to citizens and to identify facilitation tools for businesses.



Environmental issues addressed:


Waste - Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)


waste management‚  environmental awareness‚  waste recycling‚  waste reduction‚  waste collection‚  electronic material‚  environmental law

Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.200 ...
  • Directive 2012/19 - Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) (04.07.2012)
  • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Anci Toscana - Italian National Association of Municipalities - Tuscany
Type of organisation Local authority
Description The Association of Municipalities of Tuscany, ANCI Tuscany, is public equivalent body established in Florence comprising 279 municipalities. Its main objective is to promote a more extensive and active participation of associated entities and support them in achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness, by means of conferences, seminars and training sessions. It also helps the associated entities with the publication of studies, reports and documents and their dissemination.
Partners Tuscany Region, Italy Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione - Università degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI-DINFO), Italy ECOCERVED SOCIETA' CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA, Italy Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale - Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy C.C.I.A.A. Firenze, Italy Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Seville, Spain


Project reference LIFE16 GIE/IT/000645
Duration 01-SEP-2017 to 31-AUG -2020
Total budget 1,850,602.00 €
EU contribution 1,101,604.00 €
Project location Andalucía(España) Toscana(Italia)


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