E-waste pilot in Urban Pathway replication city of Quito
Urban Pathways team has developed together with partners in Quito a pilot project on e-waste collection and introducing Extended Producer Responsibility in the country for this waste stream. The project proposal was successful and the implementation can start in early 2021 until June 2022 with funding by the GIZ PREVENT Waste Alliance.
Background and Goal of the project: In 2019, up to 99 thousand tons of e-waste were generated in Ecuador, of which less than 3% 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. We believe that 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 seeks to collect useful data, formulating policy recommendations to incorporate the normative of EPR on the city level - helping to replicate it elsewhere and/or to other waste streams.
Urban Pathways team is further seeking synergies with the SOL+ project, exploring if for collection locally assembled e-cargo vehicles could be used.