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  • 02.11.2014 - Over 70,000 tons of WEEE processed by Ecodom in 2013
    • Over 80% of the 70,400 tons of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) processed by Ecodom (Consorzio Italiano per il Recupero e il Riciclaggio degli Elettrodomestici - Italian Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Household Appliances) in 2013 has been turned into secondary raw material. This is the figure that catches one's eye when reading the data released by Ecodom and relating to its 2013 activity. In particular 43,723 tons of iron, 1,684 tons of aluminium, 1,974 tons of copper and 6,840 tons of plastic were recycled. Moreover, the correct disposal of polluting substances contained in WEEE (such as CFC and HCFC gases) led to a reduction of emissions into the atmosphere equal to 760,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Data show a slight decline (1.5%) in the total quantity of WEEE managed in 2013 over 2012, a very limited decrease in comparison with the 17% rate reported in 2012. On the other hand, the environmental advantage deriving from Ecodom's activity is outstanding: in addition to the above mentioned reduction of the CO2 released into the atmosphere, secondary raw materials such as iron, aluminium, copper and plastic produced by recycling 70,400 tons of processed household appliances have originated a saving of 73 million kW of electricity in 2013 in comparison with what is needed to produce virgin raw materials.
      Also in terms of logistics, in 2013 Ecodom reported outstanding results: out of 33,000 collections from the recycling units last year, 6 cases only did not respect the timescale of intervention agreed by the clearinghouse (CdC RAEE) and ANCI, with a level exceeding 99.98%.
      At a local level, Lombardy is once again the most virtuous region as for WEEE managed by Ecodom: 13,773 tons of household appliances were processed, 13,378,000 kWh of electricity were saved and 132,000 tons of CO2 were not released into the atmosphere. Tuscany ranks second (7,127 tons of WEEE processed, 6,468,000 kWh of electricity saved and 60,060 tons of CO2 not released into the atmosphere) followed by Emilia Romagna (7,086 tons of WEEE processed, 6,671,000 kWh of electricity saved and 64,340 tons of CO2 not released into the atmosphere). Milan was the most virtuous province with 5,064 tons of WEEE processed, followed by Rome (3,029 tons) and Treviso (2,746 tons).
      "After the steep decline in 2012, the quantity of WEEE processed by Ecodom in 2013 is basically the same" stresses Giorgio Arienti, Ecodom's General Manager. The yearly result derives from two contrasting semesters: the first reporting a drop in quantity by about 16% over the same period in 2012 and the second almost completely making up for this loss thanks to the increase in market share registered by the producers members of Ecodom and to the decrease of the secondary raw material value that made WEEE less attractive for all parties more interested in profit than in environmental protection."
      "We are glad to highlight that, from an environmental point of view, Ecodom's activity has prevented the release of more than 760,000 tons of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere - which is the quantity absorbed in a year by a wood as vast as the province of Lodi - and has generated a 73kWh-power saving, corresponding to the yearly energy consumption of over 60,000 people."
      News flashes about Ecodom's WEEE collection in 2013

      The materials collected by ECODOM in 2013 amount to 0.45% of the Italian total recyclable-waste collection.
      The WEEE managed by ECODOM in 2013 amount to about 32% of the total WEEE collected in Italy.
      The energy saved thanks to ECODOM's WEEE recycling activities in 2013 might:
      - Meet the yearly energy needs of a town of about 60,000 inhabitants
      - Meet the energy needs of the city of Milan (1,262,101 inhabitants) for 13 days.
      Considering that tall trees absorb an average of 45 kg of CO2/year, the CO2 equivalent not released into the atmosphere thanks to ECODOM's appropriate WEEE management in 2013 corresponds to the CO2 absorption by approx. 17 million tall trees (equal to 42,700 hectares, i.e. 427 square km or 1,100 times the Sempione Park in Milan).

      This is the regional ranking based on WEEE managed by Ecodom

      1. Lombardy
      2. Tuscany
      3. Emilia Romagna
      4. Veneto
      5. Piedmont
      6. Sicily
      7. Lazio
      8. Liguria
      9. Sardinia
      10. Campania
      11. Trentino Alto Adige
      12. Puglia
      13. Calabria
      14. Marche
      15. Friuli- Venezia Giulia
      16. Abruzzo
      17. Umbria
      18. Valle d'Aosta
      19. Basilicata
      20. Molise
  • 02.10.2014 - Airmet - Supporter of Metalriciclo
    • Airmet - Italian Association of Metals Recovering Companies - was established for the promotion of the companies that directly or indirectly work in the metal scrap management and recovery sector, even though scrap is still defined as "waste".
      The Association is active in several fields: monitoring the issues relating to the 333/2011 EC Regulation on End of Waste for scrap iron, steel, aluminium and copper; identifying a final and sustainable solution regarding the mobile collection of metal scrap and its transport (Art. 266, paragraph 5, of legislative Decree 152/06); clearly understanding the SISTRI Waste Tracking system; identifying technical rules that can be enforced on all the Italian territory in terms of characteristics that all metal scrap processing and recovery site must have; to address the lawmakers in order for metal scrap as well as all other materials having a value on their reference market to be excluded from the field of application of the directive on waste.
      "METEF 2014 and the siding show Metalriciclo have a direct connection with our Association's scope therefore it will be a chance to promote our activity and let the operators visiting the exhibition know it. We also hope to meet new prospective members," declared Andrea Mazzeo, delegate of Airmet.
  • 02.06.2014 - WEEE Europe, joint venture of WEEE take-back schemes
    • There are several WEEE take-back schemes in Europe and for the first time nine of the leading ones have banded together in a joint venture called WEEE Europe.
      WEEE Europe will help manufacturers and distributors to manage WEEE correctly offering its experts' support to enable a proper collection, recovery and processing. Among the leading names is ReMedia, Italian take-back scheme for the eco-sustainable management of Technological Waste.
      The joint venture, based in Munich, Germany, will enable European manufacturers and other market players to fulfil their national WEEE recycling requirements in what it describes as an "easy, one-stop-shop way" from January 2015 onwards.
      WEEE Europe chief executive Christian Ludwig said: "The administrative cost for all market players is huge - from mid-tier businesses to major corporations. Our aim is to simplify processes and to offer efficient solutions to fulfil the various national WEEE recycling registration and reporting requirements at a competitive price."
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