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Welcome to the CWIT Project!

Welcome to the CWIT Project! The aim of the Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project is to provide a set of recommendations to support the European Commission, law enforcement authorities, and customs organisations, in countering the illegal trade of eWaste in and from Europe.

The Challenge

The Challenge Countering illegal trade in waste in electrical and electronic equipment, WEEE, is a challenging, and actual topic for governments, industries and academics alike. eWaste contains valuable and critical materials, such as gold, copper and palladium, next to hazardous substances, for example mercury and cadmium.

Citizen and employee health and safety issues, environmental protection topics as well as raw-material re-use related economic aspects all call for increased attention and enhanced enforcement in the context of eWaste trade, transport and treatment.


Why CWIT? The European Union Framework Program 7 security research project CWIT – Countering WEEE Illegal Trade – has been established to identify the policy, regulatory, procedural and technical gaps as observed in today’s business environment, and to suggest tangible improvements for today’s situation.

CWIT brings together a group of experts skilled in the fields of eWaste analysis, crime analysis & supply chain security and database management. The project started in September 2013, and runs for 2 years.

What happens with waste electronics?

What happens with waste electronics? The fact that only around 3 million tons of the estimated total of 9 million tons in waste in electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), was officially collected, treated and reported to authorities across Europe in 2012, raises several concerns among the various WEEE-stakeholders.