E-nnovating Quito




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


  • 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


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.


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.


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

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

Video: Activating Stakeholders to Co-Create a Sustainable Management System for E-Waste in Quito, Ecuador


The project was presented at the Circular Solutions Festival. Watch the recording of the session to learn more about the co-creation of a sustainable e-waste management system in Quito.

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