Recycling of WEEE is increasingly important

The 21,240 tons of disused monitors and TVs are the largest part of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) collected in 2012, even 57.7% of the total. They are followed in order, but very far apart: refrigerators and air conditioners (7,127 tons), computers and small appliances (5,832 tons) and large household appliances (2,605 tons). The grouping of light sources, lamps and surroundings, has achieved a collection and recycling of 20 tons.

The data are contained in the 2012 Sustainability Report of Consortium ReMedia, one of the main Italian non-profit collective systems for the eco-sustainable management of all types of WEEE, and are the result of the environmental balance that quantifies the benefits brought by the recovery chain WEEE managed by the Consortium.

Recycle properly i technological waste it means recovering material and avoiding, consequently, an extraction of raw materials that requires a high consumption of energy. The activity of ReMedia allowed the saving of 221,561,675 kWh of energy in 2012, equivalent to the consumption of a city of 197,000 inhabitants. Compared to 2011, the energy savings guaranteed by ReMedia's activity made a leap forward: 20.36 Gj / ton in 2012 against 16.05 Gj / ton in the previous year.

Come on technological waste reusable materials are recovered: the recycling of 39,175 tons of WEEE (36,825 collected from ecological pitches and 2,350 directly from companies and institutions) allowed ReMedia to make 34,298 tons of raw materials available, with a recovery rate of 88.9%. The main fractions obtained were: over 12,000 tons of iron; about 10,000 tons of glass; 8,500 tons of plastic; 1,200 tons of copper; 500 tons of aluminum.

The reduction of energy consumption made possible by the recycling of raw materials contained in WEEE made it possible to reduce harmful emissions of 197,651 tons of CO2 equivalent, equal to those of 22,000 cars with annual mileage of 30,000 kilometers. For each ton treated, 5.05 tons of CO were saved2 equivalent, more than the 4.20 tons in 2011.

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