Abstract: Owing to new legal requirements, essential changes in the field of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) management are expected. In WEEE management, several deciding factors must be considered to maximize benefits at a determined cost. Thus, the main objective of this study is to contribute to more effective WEEE management. The project intends to develop a WEEE management integrated system support model. To achieve this intend: (i) A simulation model will be designed to support the management of WEEE flows among the reception centres and the waste treatment facilities; (ii) An experience design will be developed to sustain the selection of the most efficient management system; (iii) A computer application will be developed to support the management of WEEE flows.
Partners: Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Resíduos de Equipamentos Elétricos e Eletrónicos
Funding organization: Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Resíduos de Equipamentos Eléctricos e Electrónicos (Amb3e)
Main achievements: To make the management more effective it was proposed that on each route instead 1 vehicle moves between 1 Sorting Centre and 1 Treatment and Recovery Centre, transporting 2 containers coming from the Sorting Centre, 1 vehicle moves sequentially to 2 Sorting Centres, collecting 1 container at each Sorting Centre, and then transporting them to the Treatment and Recovery Centre. Two models were developed: MC (Cost Minimization) and MD (Distance Minimization).