The Voluntary Certification Scheme for Waste Treatment (CEWASTE) project was kicked off in Brussels on 5th November 2018 and will last over the next two years. It aims to validate and to launch a voluntary certification scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste that contain critical raw materials, thus contributing to an improved recovery of valuable and critical raw materials.
Results will be delivered in the form of reports, a set of rules (normative requirements), practical guidelines and an implementation plan. The voluntary scheme will not be delivered from scratch, but it will rather be based on current developments in recovery technologies and on the existing normative landscape in the field of waste treatment and responsible sourcing of raw materials.
Sofies’ role is to validate the normative requirements and the assurance system through targeted pilots. The analysis of the pilot outcomes will help improve the voluntary scheme. Sofies will also lead the development of a roadmap including recommendations for amending existing mechanisms with the new requirements and develop a plan for the future roll out of the voluntary scheme.
The consortium of the project consists of the World Resources Forum Association (CH), coordinator and project manager, Öko Institut (DE), United Nations University (DE/JP), WEEE Forum (BE), Austrian Standards International (AT), European Electronics Recyclers Association (NL), European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardisation (BE) , SGS Fimko Ltd (FI) and Sofies (CH).