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.
Growth in the management of this type of waste is very important because as pointed out by Ecolec on its website we are increasingly generating more: only in Spain families produce annually more than one million tons of electronic waste of which 750,000 could be recycled.
As for regional data, Navarre is the Community with the highest collection rate, 78% more than in 2015. It is followed by Andalusia (54%), Aragon (39%), Galicia (17%), Catalonia 16%) and the Valencian Community (4%).
By volume of collection (thousands of kilos treated), Catalonia is the Community where most electrical and electronic waste has been managed, with a total of 14,953 tons, followed by Andalusia (13,172 tons), Madrid (10,956 tons) and the Valencian Community (10,134 tons).
How does WEEE management work?
In order to manage this type of waste it is essential that citizens and companies collaborate to facilitate their collection. Thus, home users can take them to municipal collection systems or Clean Points.
Or they can dispose them at the center itself or through wholesale distributors. Precisely, the collection of WEEE for professional use has increased to 1,122 tons in 2016, which represents a threefold increase in the quantities collected in 2015.
Once collected, they are taken to a temporary storage center and then to hazardous and non-hazardous waste sorting and treatment plants.
Increased collaboration with regional actors
Ecolec’s collaboration with the different regional agents of the country such as public administrations, waste managers and associations of dealers and distributors of electrical appliances, has led to such positive data, Ecolec said in a statement.
“The accumulated growth curve in the collection of WEEE in recent years shows that the collaboration between the different players involved in the sector is of vital importance in order to achieve recycling targets. With the commitment and collaboration of all, including the population, we are able to fulfill our mission, that is, to ensure the protection of the environment and to move forward with a steady progress towards sustainable growth, “said Luis Moreno, CEO of The Ecolec Foundation.