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The WEEE Trace system has reached one million appliances managed with full traceability. The WEEE with the figure of one million corresponds to an appliance made in 1984, collected last May 5, 2015 by CARREFOUR in La Coruña and treated in Ferrovial Treatment plant in Cerceda (La Coruña).

As a result of this recycling operation and based on existing processes Cerceda plant recovered 43 kg of materials. This has prevented the emission of more than 2,000 kg of greenhouse gases (GHGs), well above the 3 kg CO2 emitted in the transportation savings, and gases that destroy the ozone layer as CFCs. With all this, the responsible recycling of this waste is equivalent to avoiding emissions of a car driving over 13,000 km.


WEEE TRACE Project just finalized on July 11, its 3 years journey as part of the CIP Eco-innovation Program. However, this is not the end of the project. During this 3 years period Project has been implemented and made operational at the entire supply chain of Ecolec and over 27 million kilogrammes of e-Waste (more than 450,000 units of WEEE) have been managed and traced. As said, project will continue and will be further developed and adapted in support of the interests and evolving needs of Ecolec and other partners. Moreover, replication opportunities will be addressed. So, long life to WEEE TRACE!!!


Reached 25,000 tons of WEEE managed with WEEE TRACE traceability


Fundación ECOLEC presented WEEE TRACE initiative during the meeting of Interpol-led Countering WEEE Illegal Trade FP7 project (CWIT: held at Recilec recycling facility in Seville, Spain. La presentación está disponible en:


WEEE TRACE Project Workshop will be held at premises of Spanish Confederation of Employers Organizations on Wednesday, June 4.

You can find more information: here


Reached 20,000 tons of WEEE managed with WEEE TRACE traceability


WEEE TRACE Second Progress Report, covering first 29 months of Project, has been approved by EACI.


José Ramón Carbajosa, MD of Fundacion ECOLEC, presented WEEE TRACE project at International Electronics Recycling Congress Conference held in Salzburg in January 2014. Presentation can be seen and downloaded at


Second Progress Report covering first 29 months of Project has been submitted on time to European Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.


Project Technical Committee meetings of Project was held in Madrid (27/11/2013)


Information about WEEE TRACE project has been published in CORDIS News, the Community Research and Development Information Service of the European Commission, including an interview with the project co-ordinator.


Reached 10,000,000 kg of WEEE managed with WEEE TRACE traceability


Mr. Aurelio Politano, WEEE TRACE Project Officer from EACI, paid a visit to WEEE TRACE Project on 26 and 27 September 2013. During visit, technological infrastructure and operation of Project was checked at main control centre in Zamudio Technological Park (Bilbao) and at the following Interim Collection Facilities, Logistics Operators and Treatment Plants.

  • Berziklatu (Bizkaia)
  • CEGA (Araba)
  • ILSSA (Zaragoza)
  • FANE Ecointegra (Navarra)

Visit itinerary:

Feedback received was positive in general and Project Officer identified areas to address in the last phases of Project so it could become a Success Case. 


WEEE TRACE will participate at e-AIMS workshop on Waste Management and RFID Technologies (Franhofer Institute. Dortmund, 10 September 2013)


Reached 5,000,000 kg of WEEE managed with WEEE TRACE traceability


GS1 Spain joins Project as external associate


Project Management Board and Technical Committee meetings of Project were held in Prague (5/6/2013)


Combined tests of RFID identification and optical recognition of WEEE were performed at ASEKOL prototype unit in Prague. Tests showed a full compatibility and that RFID readers worked perfectly at prototype and read also LCD/CRT WEEE.


WEEE TRACE Project has been highlighted as one of 24 exemplary projects of the Program in the Eco-innovation leaflet presented today at CIP Eco-Innovation Information Day in Brussels ( Furthermore, WEEE TRACE was also mentioned in the list of good cases of replication.


José Ramón Carbajosa, General Director of ECOLEC and President of WEEE Forum, presented WEEE TRACE project at IV International Forum on Reverse Logistics at Sao Paulo (Brazil)


WEEE TRACE Interim Report has been approved by EACI once the questions raised to IR have been satisfactorily addressed.


Just six weeks after we announced reaching the 1,000 tonnes milestone, this figure has been doubled!



WEEE TRACE Project is highlighted by EACI in the April issue of their EcoAp Newsletter under the title "Keeping track of WEEE"


Only 4 months ago we announced the first 100 tons of WEEE collected and the 500 tons were reached at the end of January. Today we can proudly announce that the first 1,100 tons of WEEE collected with traceability WEEE TRACE were surpassed yesterday, March 18. Deployment continues! And this just started… “we keep learning, we keep executing”!


Interim Report covering first 19 months of Project has been submitted on time to European Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.


Just released the restiling of WEEE TRACE project website ( Now includes a counter and a chart with tons managed with RFID traceability system in real-time.


Last November we informed that we had reached 100 WEEE units collected with RFiD traceability in WEEE TRACE. Less than 3 months afterwards we passed a nre milestone, 500 tons and more than 10,000 units of WEEE. Keep learning, keep executing.


Region of Murcia Govt (SE of Spain) demands to advance the deployment of WEEE TRACE RFID-based traceability to control flows of hazardous WEEE.


Meeting of WEEE TRACE technical committee at Project mid-point (M18) is scheduled in Saint Sebastian (Spain) on January 24th. Further to Project partners, French WEEE take-back compliance scheme will participate in the meeting as observer.


Meeting will focus on the review of the progress and its technical aspects and in the preparation of the Interim Report due at M19.


WEEE TRACE has been presented formally to Catalonian Waste Agency at Pont de Vilomara waste fridgs recycling facility.


The milestone of 100 tons of WEEE managed with WEEE TRACE integral traceability until their final recycling was reached at end of November 2012. This figure represents more than 2,000 units of WEEE from wastes of large household equipment. And we keep growing.


More than 1,000 units of large WEEE already recycled. Detailed information available in this graph


As pilot phase definitely takes off more than WEEE units have been tagged and are being tracked already. 312 of these units have been recycled already and the rest are in process. Quantities of WEEE units tracked are expected to grow exponentially with the effective deployment of the solution during the coming quarters, but this milestone is worthy to share.


Reading tests of foam isolated and standards tags placed over large sets of mixed WEEE were performed in September 13 at Recytel recycling facility in Madrid (

Tests were performed over sets of assorted WEEE inside collection boxes for both types of tags using mobile readers around boxes first and also making passing through tests of boxes with fixed readers.

Results were promising and differences between tags and reading methods were highlighted.


1st progress report of WEEE TRACE Project covering the first 11 months of activities was submitted on time to EACI along with the whole package of deliverables requested by EACI to be developed during this period.


MCCTELECOM and Ecolec presented WEEE TRACE  on July 11 at Dreamworks session of MCC Corporation (Mondragón) at at "RFID and Waste workshop" respectively. Public information is available at this web.


Annual meeting of Project Consortium was held at MCCTELECOM (Zamudio) and FANE (Aoiz) premises. Further to evaluating Project progress by each partner and planning next actions; it was assessed in situ the tracking of shipments performed as part of pilot and the operation of technological infrastrucure deployed.


Pilot phase of WEEE TRACE in Spain started in June with the installation of infrastructure at Project partners Emaús Bilbao (logistics operator) and FANE-Ecointegra (treatment plant. This phase will last until end-of-September and will allow to colect relevant information necessary for the deployment of the project starting in last quarter of 2012.


First prototype WEEE TRACE RFID labels printed with logos, barcode and standard GS1 identificaction have been received. First initial tests of use and applicability start!


AECOC will provide international standardization of the code used to identify WEEE in WEEE TRACE project according to international standards of GS1. This normalization could be used by other Spanish agents or agents from other countries. Due to the different protocols used, we can ensure compatibility with the manufacturer's product codes if RFID is implemented in origin.


Next meeting of partners of WEEE TRACE project will take place at the waste recicling plant of Fane-Ecointegra in Aoiz (Navarre) on June 14th.


A meeting to discuss and review WEEE-TRACE was held on March 5, 2012 with Mr. Junya Kikuhara  consultant of the Japanese Government on Asian e-Waste Basel initiative (Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes):


WEEE TRACE invited by EACI to present at European Cluster Workshop on "Sensor-based Sorting Technologies and Applications" at Aachen in Germany.


Tests of pairing between readers and tags and of usability performed at waste management facilities.


Tests of RFID mobile reading equipment and tags planned for week of January 16, 2012 at CEGA Temporary storage facility.


Meeting of Project Technical Committee scheduled on January 13, 2012 at FANE Ecointegra recycling facility in Aoiz (Navarre)


Tests of RFID fixed reading equipment and tags planned on January 11-12, 2012 at FANE Ecointegra recycling facility.

December 30, 2011

WEEE TRACE open group created in LinkedIn. Project 2.0 age starts.

22 December 2011

Specification and Functionalities document finalized.

25 November 2011

WEEE TRACE invited to present at WEEE Forum General Assembly. Asekol leads presentation.

October 2011

CDTI, Spanish Center for Development and Technological Innovation from Ministry of Science and Technology, adds WEEE TRACE Project to Spanish Capabilities document connected to European Initiative on access to critical raw materials. Project presented at October 20th session.

September 2011

Dissemination starts. Project information included in presentations made by Ecolec at eWaste Conference in Orlando (USA) and at Technical Sessions of Exporrecicla in Zaragoza (Spain).

August 2011

CEGA Logistics joins Project as external Partner

July 27, 2011

Kick-off meeting of Project Management Board held at MCCTELECOM premises in Zamudio Technology Park (Bilbao)

July 2011

Carrefour joins Project as external Partner

July 12, 2011

Project officially starts.

July 11, 2011

Grant Agreement signed with EACI under 2010 call of the CIP Eco-Innovation Programme. Contract Number  ECO/10/277256/SI2.597845

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