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CEWASTE public consultation now open!

Help us shape the voluntary certification scheme!

The public consultation on the draft of the voluntary certification scheme developed by the CEWASTE project is now open. The document CEWASTE Requirements for Improving CRM Recycling from WEEE and Waste Batteries was revised following a consultation meeting in Geneva at the end of October and is now available for further comment and feedback.

CEWASTE has developed a set of managerial, environmental, social, traceability and technical requirements and accordingly has established an assurance and verification system and related verification mechanisms. The project has taken stock of the normative requirements defined in existing relevant guidelines and standards in the field of electrical and electronic waste treatment - among others, the CEWASTE document is built on the EN 50625 standard series - only where these are not sufficient to meet all the project's objectives, have new requirements been developed (with a focus on CRM recovery).

Developing a widely accepted and mature certification scheme demands a multi-stakeholder process including key experts through an open and transparent procedure. With the current online consultation process, CEWASTE aims to ensure transparency, actively engage with the experts and stakeholders and provide them with mechanisms for participation in the development process of the certification scheme. The ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice forms the basis of the stakeholder participation activities in the project.

Consultation is open to the public and is on a voluntary basis. The CEWASTE project team invites stakeholders from different sectors of the value chain to contribute to the consultation process with the aim of getting responses from those with a specific interest in the subject matter and with a wide geographic spread so that opinion is received from informed participants across many countries. The information needed for the stakeholders to decide whether and how to participate in the consultation process are provided in the CEWASTE Terms of Reference.

We hope you are able to contribute to this important part of the project and invite you visit the Consultation section of the website for further information and where all documents associated with the consultation process can be downloaded.

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CEWASTE meetings in Geneva: update and presentations

At the end of October, prior to and as part of the World Resources Forum conference, the CEWASTE consortium held a series of meetings, consultations and workshops that highlighted the progress the project has made and will dictate the crucial next steps. The project consortium meeting was held across the 21 and 22 October and this was followed by the much anticipated consultation meeting that gave the opportunity for external stakeholders to discuss the first draft of the certification scheme outline.


CEWASTE aims to develop and test a voluntary certification scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant quantities of valuable and critical raw materials (CRMs). In order to ensure broad acceptance of the scheme and to allow contribution from relevant experts, the project is engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in a transparent consultation process.


The main goal of the consultation meeting was to collect feedback from the participating stakeholders on the recently issued first draft of the ‘CEWASTE Requirements for Improving CRM Recycling from WEEE & Waste Batteries’. There were nearly 50 participants and the project partners were very pleased with the contributions and incisive debate that was evident throughout the room.

Following the consultation meeting, the project held a workshop, as part of the WRF Conference, in which gathered more than 30 participants. After the review of the outcomes of the Consultation Meeting held the day before, the audience was asked to provide recommendations for advancing CRM recovery. Among others, the importance of awareness raising for both industry and public, import taxation and redesign of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fees were highlighted.


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Advisory board elected

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Kick-off meeting

On the 5th of December 2018 the kick-off meeting of the CEWASTE project took place in Brussels. Over the coming two years this European Horizon 2020 project will validate and…

Project funding


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820859.

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