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An innovative container for WEEE collection and transport: Details and effects following the adoption

Authors
Journal
Waste Management
0956-053X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
29
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2009.07.006
Disciplines
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract The content of hazardous components in Waste arising from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is a major concern that urges governments and industry to take measures to ensure proper treatment and disposal. Thus, the European Union issued directives to encourage reuse, recycling and other proper forms of recovery of such waste while companies and academics are still studying methods and technologies for optimizing recovery processes. This paper presents an analysis of the logistics process assuring the correct collection, handling, transportation and storing of WEEE. The experience comes from an Italian WEEE treatment plant (TRED Carpi S.r.l.) where a new kind of container has been introduced in order to improve the logistics system. An evaluation framework is described and used in order to compare different system configurations and assess the advantages emerging from adopting proper equipments for WEEE transport and handling.

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