WEEE Trace Project
RFiD based system to ensure full traceability
of WEEE flows

José Ramón CARBAJOSA (Fundación ECOLEC)
“1...
Fundación ECOLEC
(www.ecolec.es)
• Collective compliance scheme
•

Wastes from Electrical and Electronics Equipment
(WEEE)...
WEEE TRACE
Purpose
Use of advanced ICT and sensor-based technologies (RFID,
optical identification, image capturing, geo-p...
WEEE TRACE
Expected Objectives
CIP Eco-Innovation Program (Eco/10/277256 )
Objectives
• Increase (39%) volume of WEEE lega...
Project Partners
Full life-cycle coverage: 6 partners and 4 associates covering whole life cycle of
EEE products and waste...
ES: Market needs / key
features
•
•

Improve WEEE collection & Reduce WEEE leaks
Use of sensor applications to ensure trac...
ES: Scope of Project
Full scale commercial system to manage whole WEEE
flow (>70.000 tons/yr) and all associated informati...
WEEE TRACE
scheme

> 150 actors:
79 Collection points
25 Logistics partners
59 Treatment facilities

WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014...
Technological infrastructure
Treatment Plants

WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
RFID Mobile Readers

 Approx. 200 mobile readers
 RFID + BC and alphanumeric

 Remote controlled
 Information on statu...
On-line management and
monitoring of deployed
infrastructure

WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
WEEE TRACE:
Tracking WEEE in practice
Tracked information:
 WEEE type, weight
 Origin, destination,
 Certificates and p...
WEEE TRACE
WEEE Management
13,500 tons of WEEE managed
(22/12/2013)

WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
WEEE TRACE
Reality Check
Issues and barriers faced

WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
Reality Check
WEEE TRACE:
Code Standard
Lack of standard of reference for wastes
 Worked with GS1 Spain to develop SSCC
s...
WEEE TRACE
Barriers faced/addressed
• Not a single solution  needs to be adapted
• Adjustments required to guarantee reli...
Features of interest
• Stakeholders engagement critical to address barriers
• Compatible with Producers’ future tagging in...
Some testimonials
“WEEE TRACE actually simplifies the work by the
waste management ” (José Gómez, Emaús)

“I see value in ...
Future
developments
• Expanding upstream to control collection from
origin (Carrefour pilot on-going)
• Connection with EE...
Thanks for your attention!
www.weee-trace.eu
In case of questions, feel free to contact Project
info@weee-trace.eu

WEEE T...
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2014 01 weee trace ierc'2014 salzburg (jrc 20140115)

  1. 1. WEEE Trace Project RFiD based system to ensure full traceability of WEEE flows José Ramón CARBAJOSA (Fundación ECOLEC) “13th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2014 " Salzburg, January 22-24 2014 WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  2. 2. Fundación ECOLEC (www.ecolec.es) • Collective compliance scheme • Wastes from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) – • • • • • Market share based on POM (Spain, 2012) All 10 caregories Wastes from batteries ISO9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications. WEEE Forum active member Committed to WEEE LABEX Adhered to Global Compact United Nations Social Responsibility Principles WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg) Ecolec 55,6%
  3. 3. WEEE TRACE Purpose Use of advanced ICT and sensor-based technologies (RFID, optical identification, image capturing, geo-positioning, etc.) to: • Ensure traceability of complete waste from electrical and electronics equipment (WEEE) management chain. • Provide real time management and control of reverse supply chain flows for wastes and of recycling networks: • Minimize leaks to uncontrolled systems Potential Applications : - Take-back compliance schemes - Enforcement agencies WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  4. 4. WEEE TRACE Expected Objectives CIP Eco-Innovation Program (Eco/10/277256 ) Objectives • Increase (39%) volume of WEEE legally recycle reducing leaks to uncontrolled channels • Use of ICT to characterize and locate/funnel/sort/recycling different types of WEEE • Track and control incidences like scavenging, leaks, presence of free-riders, etc. • Facilitate enforcement and reporting • Identify and address replication opportunities Duration: 36 months (Jul 2011  Jul 2014) WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  5. 5. Project Partners Full life-cycle coverage: 6 partners and 4 associates covering whole life cycle of EEE products and waste management 6 Partners:  Technology Solutions provider (Coordinator):  Customers: WEEE compliance schemes  Manufacturer of household appliances:  Logistics operator: 4 External Associates :  Treatment plant: WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  6. 6. ES: Market needs / key features • • Improve WEEE collection & Reduce WEEE leaks Use of sensor applications to ensure traceability through whole reverse supply chain, featuring: – Tagging and tracking (RFID + BC) – Identification and characterization through RFID readers – Sorting and Channeling to appropriate treatment facilities – Traceability by unit  picture and video included – Automation of incidence management, certification and invoicing – Simplification of reporting – Standardization of information – Integration in Company’s ERP system WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  7. 7. ES: Scope of Project Full scale commercial system to manage whole WEEE flow (>70.000 tons/yr) and all associated information Feasibility Tests 1T2012 Definition of Solutions Selection of Supply Chain Real Scale Piltos (2 flows/ 2 treatment plants) 2T2012 3T2012 Deployment in “production” 4T2012 Integration in old “ERP” 1T2013 Q3’2012 1T2014 Integration in new ERP Supply Chain Formation WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg) Q4’2013
  8. 8. WEEE TRACE scheme > 150 actors: 79 Collection points 25 Logistics partners 59 Treatment facilities WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  9. 9. Technological infrastructure Treatment Plants WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  10. 10. RFID Mobile Readers  Approx. 200 mobile readers  RFID + BC and alphanumeric  Remote controlled  Information on status and usage  SW updates  Metrics and indicators re usage, statistics  Reporting WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  11. 11. On-line management and monitoring of deployed infrastructure WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  12. 12. WEEE TRACE: Tracking WEEE in practice Tracked information:  WEEE type, weight  Origin, destination,  Certificates and proofs (e.g. signatures, videos)  Picture and status e.g. scavenging  “track and trace” Location and travel  Management of incidences: “missings”, idle times, inconsistencies (i.e. weights), potential frauds  Brand and model (optional) WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  13. 13. WEEE TRACE WEEE Management 13,500 tons of WEEE managed (22/12/2013) WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  14. 14. WEEE TRACE Reality Check Issues and barriers faced WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  15. 15. Reality Check WEEE TRACE: Code Standard Lack of standard of reference for wastes  Worked with GS1 Spain to develop SSCC standard code  incorporated to Project  Able to link with future RFID tags in products using SGTIN code SSCC SGTIN WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  16. 16. WEEE TRACE Barriers faced/addressed • Not a single solution  needs to be adapted • Adjustments required to guarantee reliability and reading levels • Shielding problems faced and addressed • Privacy protection considerations • Traceability means control: – Segmentation of Supply Chain – Adoption/Assumption push-back problems WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  17. 17. Features of interest • Stakeholders engagement critical to address barriers • Compatible with Producers’ future tagging initiatives. • Selected by Motorola and Vodafone ICT “green” programs. • Highlighted in EIP for Raw Materials • Instrumental in efficiency improvement program in Ecolec (> 10% reduction in costs of management) • Expects to achieve significant reduction and simplification of Administrative tasks WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  18. 18. Some testimonials “WEEE TRACE actually simplifies the work by the waste management ” (José Gómez, Emaús) “I see value in enforcement agencies using WEEE TRACE principles and systems to make controls of shipments” (Stephane Arditi, European Environmental Bureau ) “This system justifies the role of collective take-back schemes as guarantors of Producers compliance responsibilities” (Ängel Lasunción, Recytel recycling facility) “Very interesting. This tracing system if harmonized could be a way to trace eWaste shipments to its origin” (Junya Kikuhara – Basel Asian network) “We reduced time required for the management of load from 45 to 5 mins. It is just a way to do our work” (Camino Ostériz, Ecointegra Recycling facility) WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  19. 19. Future developments • Expanding upstream to control collection from origin (Carrefour pilot on-going) • Connection with EEE Producers’ programmes – Product life cycle management – Design for Recycling • Identification and recovery of Critical Raw Materials • Address replication opportunities WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)
  20. 20. Thanks for your attention! www.weee-trace.eu In case of questions, feel free to contact Project info@weee-trace.eu WEEE TRACE (IERC’2014, Salzburg)

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