WEEE disposal: six rules to safeguard the environment


Emma Potter

What is WEEE?

WEEE waste indicates the category of all waste equipment that depends on electricity to function, both as a user and as a generator. That is: household appliances, electric tools (including battery-powered), computers, cables and plugs, but also LED bulbs that no longer work, energy-saving ones and neon lights.

Rule 1: Use rally points

Take the WEEE to one of the 4,500 municipal collection centers for separate wasteis the first step.

WEEE is divided into five groupings: R1 for refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, R2 for large household appliances, R3 for televisions and monitors, R4 for small household appliances and consumer electronics e R5 for light sources.

Rule 2: “One on One” principle for new purchases

When you buy new electronic equipment to replace a non-working one, it is possible leave the old one in the shop.

The collection is free and it's also valid for online purchases with home delivery.

Rule 3: “One against Zero” principle for disposing of small WEEE at points of sale

It's possible leave small WEEE free of charge at points of saleas long as they do not exceed 25 cm and the shop has one surface area of ​​at least 400 m2 dedicated to electronic equipment.

Rule 4: use WEEE eco-islands

There are 21 large-scale retail outlets WEEE eco-islands, automated bins for the collection of small WEEE and light sources. Access takes place with your health card.

Rule 5: Trust the experts

Businesses and freelancers should contact specialized companies for the management of their professional WEEE. Ecolight Services offers expertise and professionalism at a national level to support companies in the transition towards a circular economy.

Rule 6: Remove the batteries

Before disposing of WEEE, make sure to remove the batterywhatever disposed of separately in the appropriate containers.

About Ecolight

Proper management of WEEE is essential to protect the environment and promote a circular economy. This waste contains dangerous substances that must be disposed of correctly. Adequate management allows us to reduce the use of virgin raw materials, recycling approximately 90% of the weight of WEEE.

Established in 2004, Ecolight is a national non-profit consortium which brings together over 2,100 companies and ensures the management and disposal of WEEE, exhausted batteries and accumulators and photovoltaic modules at the end of their life in full respect of the environment, in a logic of sustainable development and of maximum efficiency. The Consortium is part of the Ecolight System together with the Ecopoliethylene consortium, the Ecotessili consortium, the Ecoremat consortium and the Ecolight Servizi service company.

Ecolight makes plurality and transversality its strong points: it represents the entire supply chain and is able to deal with the collection and treatment of all categories of WEEE, batteries and accumulators. Ecolight includes manufacturing companies, importers and the most important large-scale retail trade groups (GDO).

In compliance with its Code of Ethics, the Consortium promotes the development of greater environmental sensitivity for correct collection and careful recycling of waste. Ecolight operates in a sustainable development logic, maximizing the efficiency of processes with a view to containing costs. It is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

From the press release of the ECOLIGHT SYSTEM Press Office

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