E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the EU, as well as an important secondary source of valuable and rare metals. WEEE-NET9 aims to exploit the untapped potential of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (ESEE) by addressing existing and persistent barriers, namely outdated treatment technologies, lack of know-how in the workforce and insufficient penetration of secondary raw material markets.
The consortium consists of 11 partners from 5 RIS and 2 non-RIS countries (SI, PL, HU, GR, CZ, DE, BE) representing the whole WEEE value chain. ZAG, under the leadership of Dr. Dragica Marinič, coordinates the WEEE-NET9 project.
The transnational project meeting was held on the 14th of June 2023, hosted by project partner Łukasiewicz – IMN, Poland.
Partners reviewed the current results of the project, which largely consisted of building a network of stakeholders and reviewing the legal frameworks and national specificities in the management of WEEE. We set out a detailed plan of activities until the end of the project and identified the key steps for the implementation of the project objectives and timeline. Currently, the most extensive and also the key activity is the technical demonstration of the extraction of critical minerals from WEEE.