ECOLEC managed more than 87,800 tons of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) in 2016


The Ecolec Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, has managed a total of 87,862 tons of this type of waste throughout 2016, 7% more than last year.

Reusing a computer is up to 20 times more energy efficient than recycling it


Reusing a computer is up to 20 times more energy efficient than recycling it. Every year around 1 million tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are generated in Spain. Most of these wastes are recycled or burned, despite the fact that 33% of the electronic devices that are collected and intended for recycling […]


A new system increases up to 70% the heating value of municipal solid waste


The Covertech system ensures that municipal solid waste (MSW) becomes dry matter with a high calorific power, ready to act as solid recovered fuel (CSR) in industries whose energy dependence is very high, such as cement or electric. Specifically, Covertech Biodry improves PCI (lower calorific value) of the residue up to 70% through biodrying.

In 2015, 4.178 tons of batteries and accumulators were collected in Spain


In 2015 a total of 4,178 tons of batteries and accumulators waste were collected by the various systems involved in such activity, as is the case of the Ecolec Foundation or the Ecopilas Foundation. This amount represents a degree of compliance with the objective of 36.73%


Over 10 million tons of steel were recycled by the steel industry in 2014


The Spanish steel industry´s export efforts have enabled this sector to recycle 10.6 million tons of scrap in 2014, of which 5 million are imported, making the country one of Europe’s great leaders in steel recycling along with Italy and Germany, and the first in Spain by volume over all other recycled materials.

A material from fluorescent and low consumption lamps that is rare in nature can be recycled


Chemists in the Belgian university KU Leuven have developed an innovative process based on ionic liquid technology to recycle the metal "europium" (an extremely scarce solid metal in nature) and "yttrium" (a rare earth although very abundant) used in fluorescent and low consumption lamps. These metals can be reused in new lamps.