CWIT Final Conference on 25-26 June 2015 in Lyon, France

The CWIT final conference took place on 25 & 26 June in Lyon. We are grateful to our moderators, speakers, panelists, and attendees for an excellent discussion and contribution to our final results. The full results and detailed recommendations will be available on this website at the conclusion of the project in August 2015.



Only around 3.3 million tons of the estimated total of 9.3 million tons of e-waste was officially reported to authorities as collected and treated across Europe in 2012. E-waste contains materials such as gold, copper and palladium, which makes it very valuable on the black market, attracting not only single illegal operators but also organised criminal groups. What is worse, e-waste also contains hazardous substances such as mercury and cadmium. Therefore illegal e-waste handling, often in poorer countries, leads to huge health issues and environmental pollution, whilst undercutting legitimate treatment facilities. Illegal trade in WEEE undermines the EU’s attempt to make the economy circular and more sustainable. 

The CWIT consortium is taking on the challenge of providing a set of recommendations aimed at authorities and stakeholders to assist them in countering WEEE illegal trade. The conference will be interactive in nature, allowing for dialogue with recyclers, producers, producer responsibility organisations, enforcement agencies, policy-makers, prosecutors and academia. The consortium will present the final recommendations resulting from the project, for example its findings about the “WEEE market”, WEEE flows and actors involved in recycling and trade, as well as the factors driving criminal groups towards illegal trade of WEEE.

More information about the project at www.cwitproject.eu

You can also check out LibraWEEE, a bibliographic compilation of resources regarding the dynamics of the e-waste industry and related to illegal activities and , an overview of the actors involved in the WEEE value chain. Both databases being a result of CWIT projects research.