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Force project: strategic metals

The FORCE project aims to minimise the leakage of materials from the linear economy and work towards a circular economy. The four cities involved in the project, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lisbon and Genoa engage enterprises, citizens and academia in 16 participatory value chain based partnerships to create and develop eco-innovative solutions. Each city establishes a lead partnership for one of the four materials: plastic waste, strategic metals from electronic and electric equipment, surplus food and biowaste, and wood waste. Each city also establishes three local partnerships for the other materials. The City of Copenhagen is going to establish at least three different collection schemes for households and assess its effectiveness and participation of citizens. The partnership aims to show that flexible plastic waste from households (post-consumer) and other sources (e.g. retail and other businesses) can be collected and processed into a marketable resource by testing and demonstrating at least 10 innovative applications. The City of Hamburg aims to achieve the collection of used electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) of 65% to implement the 2019 EU target on WEEE. It also aims to replicate promising communication strategies about the recycling and re-use of EEE. A web portal helps people to decide whether to repair broken EEE used, to sell it (re-use) or to recycle it via collection stations. Eco-innovative solutions such as specific EEE-focused second-hand shops with attached repair units shall be stablished. Main components of non-reusable EEE should be dismantled. The objective is to reach an optimized exploitation of the WEEE and keep strategic metals in the substance cycle. The City of Lisbon is going to create two repair shops in the centre of the city to decrease the amount of discarded WEEE. They are located in municipal facilities/markets or in streets with relevant pedestrian flow. The small EEE is repaired by students or unemployed people with electrician professional courses. The repaired EEE is sold at the repairs shops with low prices or is donated to social organisations.