The crisis also affects waste, and this is not good either. The overall collection of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) decreased in 2012 compared to the previous year. This is the first time this has happened since the multi-consortium management system was launched WEEE (in which, for example, EcoLight and ReMedia participate) and the decline is not one that goes unnoticed: -8.5%.
Is it all the fault of the crisis? Apparently yes, albeit in different ways. Purchases have certainly decreased without exception for electronic devices, as a result, disposals and waste decreased. But according to the EcoLight Consortium, this is not the only reason for the decline, to which the increase in acts of looting against WEEE kept in collection centers. We are talking about real thefts that not only impoverish the WEEE, but cause the dispersion of harmful substances into the environment.
The third reason explaining the sharp decrease in the amount of WEEE collected seems to be the so-called 'parallel circuit'. What is it about? Simply that waste collection and management channels that do not operate within the system have established themselves WEEE managed by the Coordination Center, therefore they have no controls on the procedures for managing intercepted waste and compliance with the rules.
To give an idea of how important it is for the environment and the economy to have a correct and traceable collection of Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment just look at the data from EcoLight, which in 2012 went against the trend by managing 17,600 tons of household electronic waste (+ 4.1% compared to the previous year). A quantity to which i Professional WEEE and those from other channels for a total of 21,500 tons, of which 70% belong to the R4 grouping of small household appliances and consumer electronics.
The action of EcoLight allowed the recovery of significant quantities of plastic, metals and glass sent to recycling plants: for every 10 tons of WEEE managed by Ecolight more than nine were sent for recovery. This has made it possible to save about 190 thousand Mw / h and prevented the emission of over 116 thousand tons of CO₂ into the air.
What to do in order not to go back and frustrate the efforts made in recent years? According to Ecolight it is necessary to re-establish the rules and rethink the multi-consortium system of collection of WEEE to make it a competitive and effective tool in its action. It is also necessary to reiterate that the environment is a priority and protecting it means putting all operators in the same conditions with the same obligations.
Finally, we need to give impetus to green economy, a sector that can give a lot in terms of development, especially in a difficult time. This also in the provision of the new European directive that should be implemented by Italy by February next year.
In any case, for companies that need to recycle technological and electronic waste, there are specific services provided by specialized operators which even arewilling to pay to receive technological waste!
One such company isRemedia TSR, the company of the Remedia Group, specialized in managing all the operations necessary for proper disposal: transport, treatment, recovery and environmentally compatible disposal of Professional Waste WEEE.
If you are interested in receiving more information without obligation, you can contact Remedia.