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12 of December of 2018

LIPOR and ERP sign protocol for the development of CREW Centers

Another step in the management of electrical and electronic waste and Circularity

Lipor and ERP Portugal celebrated last December 7th a collaboration protocol for the creation of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recovery Centres (CREW).

This protocol was signed at the Santo António Educational Centre (CESA), by Dr. Fernando Leite, Executive Director of Lipor and Dr. Rosa Monforte, General-Director of ERP Portugal.

Also present at the ceremony were the Director of the Educational Centre, Dr. António Coelho Viana and several guests who had the possibility of visiting the CREW Centre already installed in CESA, realizing the value and functioning of these Centres as spaces training and education.

Continuing the work developed under the Collaboration Protocol signed by Lipor and the Santo António Educational Center in July 2017, Lipor has been looking for new ways to intervene and help CESA students to find new ways of developing, training and improving skills.

Thus, by promoting technical-pedagogical cooperation between the two institutions, Lipor, through its Rlab (Reuse Laboratory) project, will contribute to the development of one of the classes – Electric and Electronic – of the syllabus of CESA.

This collaboration in the field of education and the promotion of technical skills in the area of repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment, besides being equivalent to the official professional training, will allow joint participation and training in projects for the recovery of electrical equipment of the students.

This support will contribute to the development of the institution's students, namely better professional preparation coupled with a culture of cooperation and responsibility, open to knowledge sharing and continuous improvement.

In practice, Lipor, through its network of drop-off sites and collection circuits, provides CESA with end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment which, after being recovered in a laboratory environment and in a school context, are returned to Lipor.

This equipment is then donated to SEMENTE - Lipor Volunteers Association, which will be responsible for assigning them to institutions and individuals as needed.

The protocol signed between ERP Portugal and Lipor, which includes the creation of Waste Recovery Centres for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (CREW), will certainly be a key element for the success of this project and the work carried out between the various entities.

These CREW Centres have the objective of creating a database with information on the WEEE management strategy, namely to increase the life span of equipment and the life cycle analysis (e.g. resources saved, emissions avoided), promoting the Circular Economy.

In addition, this project responds to a long-standing motivation of the two organizations, namely the link between environmental, educational, training and social matters.

LIPOR will develop with these CREW Centres the conditions and infrastructures considered necessary for the development of equipment repair activities, ensuring the safety of the team, the quality of service and the integration of the data obtained in a national management system.

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