Almost 3 Million Tons of CO2 Emissions Avoided Through WEEE Recycling.
27th July 2016
Thanks to the European regulations on Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment, Europe managed to avoid almost 3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
In Italy alone, the recycling of waste in 2015 helped to reduce emissions by about 550 thousand tons. The data comes from the first ever Green Economy report by Remedia, that concerns the fight against climate change, with a particular interest in the sector of electric and electronic waste.
The report focused in-particular on the contribution the Remedia Consortium made to the global process and transition towards a green economy. Remedia alone disposed of over 39,000 tonnes of technological waste, among which 33,000 tonnes of domestic WEEE (87.3%) was collected in 698 different municipal collection points. This also included 3,600 tones of professional WEEE (91%) 2,900 tonnes of batteries and accumulators (7.3%) and over 6000 tonnes of other waste types. The quantity of CO2 equivalent that was saved by Remedia amounted so almost 205 thousand tonnes.
Of the waste collected, 88.4% was recycled, and a further 3.1% transformed into energy. Only 8.1% was eventually sent to landfill and just 0.4% was incinerated. The report also showed that 21% of the materials collected 21% were plastics, 20% glass, 6% other categories and 53% was metal, primarily steel and iron.
This has produced highly positive effects in terms of tackling climate change and the environment, but also for the economy: according to the results that were calculated by the Sustainable Development Foundation, data from Remedia, Eurostat, World Bank and Indexmundi in 2015, Remedia contributed to the reduction of raw material waste import costs for a total estimated value of 16 Billion Euros.
This is great news in terms of WEEE recycling and highlights how important it in this day in age, with technology always advancing and demand for electrical products ever-increasing.
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