CEWASTE Public Consultation Now Open and Auditors Required

The aim of the H2020 funded CEWASTE project is to create, validate and launch a certification scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant amounts of valuable and critical raw materials (CRM) such as waste electrical and electronic equipment and batteries.

The public consultation on the draft of the voluntary certification scheme developed by the project is now open. The document CEWASTE Requirements for Improving CRM Recycling from WEEE and Waste Batteries is now available for further comment and feedback.

CEWASTE has developed a set of managerial, environmental, social, traceability and technical requirements and accordingly has established an assurance and verification system and related verification mechanisms. The project has taken stock of the normative requirements defined in existing relevant guidelines and standards in the field of electrical and electronic waste treatment – among others, the CEWASTE document is built on the EN 50625 standard series – only where these are not sufficient to meet all the project’s objectives, have new requirements been developed (with a focus on CRM recovery).

Consultation is open to the public and is on a voluntary basis. The CEWASTE project team invites stakeholders from relevant sectors of the value chain to contribute to the consultation process. The information needed for the stakeholders to decide whether and how to participate in the consultation process are provided in the CEWASTE Terms of Reference.

For further information visit the CEWASTE website where all documents associated with the consultation process can be downloaded. The deadline is 31st January 2020.

The project is also looking for auditors to help assess implementation of the certification scheme in the piloting phase of the project. The auditors, who must have knowledge and experience of the EEE, WEEE and, possibly, electric vehicle sectors, are required during Q2/Q3 2020 to visit facilities that are running the pilot test and undertake an audit against the requirements of the scheme. Facilities are located in the EU with three pilots are also potentially scheduled in Rwanda, Turkey and Colombia.

Full training will be provided including an accompanied training audit to a facility in Europe. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone working in the sector who wants to broaden their skills and experience and to be there at the inception, and be ready for the formal roll out, of this interesting development in standards for recycling. Further information is available here. The deadline is 31st January 2020.