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Luxembourg at the forefront of WEEE processing in Europe

Management of WEEE

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Luxembourg
City: 
Belvaux

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
No
Submitted by: 
Paul Rasqué
Start/End date: 
01/2004
Ongoing: 
Yes

Type of funding:

Ecotrel - Andy Maxant

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Description: 

Ecotrel is a non-profit association of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) importers which supports the collection and recycling of EEE throughout Luxembourg in line with the EU directives concerning respectively the waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and the restricted use of certain hazardous substances in EEE.

In Luxembourg customers pay a recycling fee when they buy a new electrical or electronic appliance. This fee is used to finance the collection and treatment of WEEE coming back to municipal waste disposal centres and to ensure that the purchased appliance will also be collected and recycled professionally in future when customers get rid of it.

More recently Ecotrel has launched the idea of a "circularity and solidarity cluster" of business and social enterprises, which take back WEEE in order to re-use, disassemble or recycle it, and also to delete the personal data still stored in the electronic waste. The cluster aims at responding to the demands of professionals who want to dispose properly of their information and telecommunication equipment at the end of its life cycle, and also to the needs of private citizens who wish to delete all personal data from their laptops and smartphones before giving them away. Each member of the cluster contributes with its own competences and abilities.

Main results: 

Currently, over 600 companies of different sizes and from different sectors are affiliated to Ecotrel and contribute with their funding to improve the environment in which we live.

So far 3 business enterprises (computers, waste management, data protection) and 5 social enterprises (Caritas, advice and assistance to job seekers, digital inclusion, social actions) have joined the circularity and solidarity cluster.