STUDY ON THE RE-USE OF WEEE AS A MARKET NICHE FOR THE CREATION OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISES (IO1)
"We live in a world with common global problems which must be addressed collectively and in a diverse manner, in order to find alternatives and solutions that can be adapted or replicated in different local contexts. This study looks into two major challenges: waste management and the fight against social inequality; which need to be addressed based on social, environmental and economic sustainability, given that our objective is to identify a potential market niche for social entrepreneurship and/or social intra-entrepreneurship."
This study was born within the context of the WEEELABS project “Building a network of employment opportunities for youth at risk of social exclusion”, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. The consortium of European organisations that participate in the project (from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece) is based on their common interest in exploring new opportunities to improve employability of youth at risk of social exclusion, through the development of a non-formal education methodology (FabLab) and the analysis of a new niche for the creation of social enterprises (re-use of waste electrical and electronic equipment), in accordance with the guidelines of the European Directive and its implementation into the Member States’ national regulations on WEEE.