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RAEEparking: smart bin for the collection of electronic waste

The official name, to tell the truth, perhaps not too apt RAEEparking, a translation that makes the idea could be an intelligent bin: a large bin, designed to collect electronic waste (WEEE, in fact) by classifying them, tracing them and indicating the right way to dispose of them.

After the stop in Ravenna, the smart box was placed today in Ferrara and then went to Casalecchio di Reno (Bo), continuing the experimentation in the test area of ??Emilia Romagna. The initiative was developed within the Identis WEEE (Identification DEterminatioN Traceability Integrated System for WEEE) project, co-financed by the European Union, and implemented by Hera multiutility, by Ecolight – consortium for the management of WEEE, batteries and accumulators – and by the Spanish foundation Ecolum.

How does WEEEparking work?

It is a fully automated large container (7 by 2.5 meters), it does not require the presence of any operator. equipped with a system capable of automatically signaling the achievement of container filling; therefore it allows emptying to be programmed in order to guarantee the continuity of the service and optimize management resources. Access is by using your health card or the Hera card of the ecological stations or the Hera bill with the barcode identifying the user. Once registered, the citizen selects the type of waste to be given and the bin automatically opens the door where you can "throw" your WEEE.


The experimentation in Emilia Romagna

We started the experimental phase three months ago in a test area of ??Emilia Romagna with the aim of doubling the quantities of electronic waste collected through intelligent bins, says the general manager of Ecolight, Giancarlo Dezio. In these first three months, over 4 tons of electronic waste were collected through the bins dedicated to commercial areas such as the RAEEparking and the RAEEshop. Overall, more than a thousand users have used the new bins, mainly conferring small appliances, cell phones and accessory components and computers. Continue Dezio: These data show a great interest on the part of the citizenship involved. Moreover, with the European project we wanted to bring the WEEE collection service close to the user, using very popular places such as commercial areas, to raise public awareness of the need to collect electronic waste separately and thus be able to start it on a correct path recovery and recycling.

The next stages of the test

In Ferrara, the RAEEparking present from 18 July to 8 August in the area in front of the Media World, inside the Diamante commercial park (in via Mario Roffi). From 9 August to 20 September, the prototype will instead be positioned in the commercial area outside the Leroy Merlin, in via Antonio de Curtis, in Casalecchio di Reno.

Also an app on the Store

To raise awareness and spread the culture of electronic waste collection, Hera has also developed an app for iPhone and iPAd: Il Rifiutologo, available free of charge for iPad and iPhone.

In the Refiutologist you will find detailed information on how to recycle each waste, package or package. Hera's diversified waste collection system, with some variations from municipality to municipality. In the Refiutologist a guide also on this, with clear explanations on how the materials are divided in each of the locations served. Thanks to GPS it will be possible to find the nearest ecological station and get detailed information on times and materials processed. The information provided is valid in the territories served by the Hera Group: Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, Forl-Cesena, Ferrara, Modena and Imola.

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