E-nnovating Quito

LOCATION:

Ecuador

TARGET GROUP:

  • Policy and decision makers
  • Businesses and operators along the whole e-waste value chain
  • Citizens of Quito

CHALLENGES:

  • Uncontrolled and improper disposal of e-waste
  • Little awareness among the population about the proper management of e-waste
  • Legal framework on (e-)waste management unaligned and – up to July 2022 – only partly enacted
  • Little infrastructure available for e-waste collection and few managers authorised to treat e-waste, lack of infrastructure to  industrialise or recycle plastics from WEEE
  • Formal attribution to regulate WEEE management is of the national (central) government of Ecuador while implementation is carried out at regional levels

SOLUTION:

This project contributed to the design and pilotage of the first domestic e-waste collection and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme in Ecuador. It developed policy recommendations and builds stakeholder commitment. Additionally, a mobile unit was designed to serve as collection and learning centres for Quito’s inhabitants.

DESCRIPTION:

In 2019, up to 99 thousand tons of e-waste were generated in Ecuador, of which less than 3% have been processed by formal recycling companies. Against this background, the project’s goal is to design and implement the first e-waste collection scheme in Ecuador. The mobile collection units, which will serve the whole city of Quito, will at the same time function as learning centres for e-waste management. This innovative double function is an effective way not only to increase the collection rates, but also to reach and engage citizens and thus to create a greater positive impact. Based on the experiences, the project seeks to collect useful data and formulate policy recommendations to incorporate the normative of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) on city level – helping to replicate it elsewhere and/or to other waste streams. The project also supported a non-profit organisation to create a collective association for proper WEEE management called Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) and engage stakeholders.

Milestones:

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Stake-holders

Supported a local Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) to initiate an EPR scheme for WEEE, involving stakeholders throughout the electronics value chain and established a collaboration between the Municipality and the local PRO

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Aware-ness

Designed an awareness and collection WEEE campaign for citizens using mobile units

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Stra-tegy

Data collection on e-waste in Quito and analysis of the processing situation serve the evaluation and development of treatment options

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