In 2019, up to 99,000 tons of e-waste were generated in Ecuador, of which less than 3 per cent has 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 a learning center for e-waste management. This innovative double function is an effective way not only to increase the collecting rates, but also to reach and engage citizens and thus to create a greater positive impact. The collectors will be integrated to an app, so the residents can track the collections routes and will not only receive educational content on-site but also online. Based on the experiences, the project team seek to collect useful data, formulating policy recommendations to incorporate the normative of EPR on the city level – helping to replicate it elsewhere as well as to other waste streams.
The project is structured around four areas of intervention:
While Wuppertal Institute is responsible for Intervention area 4 and the overall lead of the project, the partners will be involved in all four areas of intervention, in order to use the synergies that result from the different professional backgrounds and experiences.