System innovation


The increase in the quantity of electronic waste together with low collection rates, especially for small WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), is becoming an increasingly serious problem. Improper recycling, besides being a waste of resources, can cause environmental damage and human health risks due to hazardous substance contained in them.

Twenty years after the introduction of the European Directive regulating the management of WEEE, Member States are facing difficulties in achieving the minimum collection rate of 65%.

ECOSWEEE is a European project, funded by the LIFE program and coordinated by the WEEE Forum, which aims to test different incentive methods to increase the collection rate of small WEEE and portable batteries. Twenty-one pilot projects will be developed in twelve countries to test the effectiveness of various incentives, including deposit-refund systems, direct payment, utilization of e-commerce platforms, visible eco-contribution and other financial incentives. The project will develop policy recommendations that will be used to evaluate the new European Directive on WEEE and the proposed Regulation on batteries.

Erion will coordinate three pilots where different incentive methodologies will be simulated to increase the collection, particularly using the visible fee, deposit-refund, and the utilization of lockers in online marketplace platforms for the retrieval of small WEEE and portable batteries. Additionally, it will measure the awareness of European citizens on the subject through questionnaires.


Duration: 2023- 2025


Supported by:

Co-funded by the European Union