What is WEEE waste?
Electrical and electronic appliances such as mobile phones, televisions, computers, and appliances are products that age much faster than other consumer goods that have a longer average life. The accumulation of large quantities of electronic waste called WEEE (an acronym for waste electrical and electronic equipment) or E WASTE, is one of the most worrying consequences of the widespread use of electronic and IT devices.
Special focus on collection of these devices
The European Union is trying to regulate the sector by making producers responsible and raising awareness among consumers with strict regulations. These devices, once they have become WEEE waste, can actually turn into important resources, but also be harmful to the environment. From their treatment raw materials can be recovered such as the so-called rare earths, precious metals, plastic or glass. However, electronic devices circuits and cards also contain highly polluting materials, such as lead and mercury. If electronic waste is not properly disposed of, chances that these substances may contaminate aquifers and farmland grow. In WEEE recycling plants, these pollutants can be sorted and disposed of in total safety.
Assoplast and the WEEE service
Assoplast, always focusing on environment, deals with WEEE collection throughout the national territory, by being awarded winning tenders on behalf of collective systems or waste treatment plants. From the centers of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna, the devices are subsequently conveyed by Assoplast to Italian plants such as those of STENA TECHNOWORLD,a reliable and expert partner in the eco-compatible recovery of WEE waste. In such plants the treatment of household appliances and electronic devices takes place. All substances and materials, hazardous for the environment, they may contain are safely removed and raw materials recovered.
And how about class W5 light sources?
A particularly delicate area of WEEE waste is represented by light sources. Defined by the W5 code, they include:
- neon tubes and lamps;
- compact fluorescent lamps;
- high intensity discharge lamps;
- low pressure sodium valor lamp.
This type of light sources cannot be treated and disposed of with the normal solid waste undifferentiated collection, but neither, contrary to what many consumers think, together with glass, since they are actually also made of metals, plastics and dangerous substances such as mercury.