RESPO WEEE Association launches two new free of charge solutions, in order to encourage responsible recycling in Romania
A large part of the Romanian population still keeps household electrical and electronic equipment waste (WEEE) in the house, or throws said waste in the garbage bins or in nature, thus affecting people’s health and contributing to environmental pollution.
The RESPO WEEE Association comes to the rescue and launches free methods of ensuring waste is handed over for recycling, in what concerns small electrical and electronic equipment, such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, computers, small appliances or personal care products.
Cristian Pocol, president of the RESPO WEEE Association, announced today two new solutions to encourage the population to hand over these types of waste for recycling purposes.
“According to statistics, 75% of old, unused electronic devices are still in people’s homes. They contain hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury, chromium and cadmium, heavy metals and flammable toxic substances, which can become a major danger for human health and the environment, if improperly disposed of in nature. Many people either attach themselves to this old and unused equipment or do not know how to dispose of it for recycling purposes”, according to Cristian Pocol, President of RESPO WEEE Association.
The main novelty is represented by RESPO envelopes and the partnership with Glovo, which shall take place between June 15th and July 15th and is focused, in this first phase, on the Bucharest area and its surrounding areas.
“The envelopes can be ordered free of charge from www.respo.ro or can be procured from the 3 Humanitas bookstores in Bucharest – Kretzulescu, Cișmigiu and Auchan. Soon there will be such pick-up points in several cities in the country. In these envelopes, you can collect small electrical and electronic waste, such as telephones, cameras, electric toothbrushes, mouse devices, consoles, kindles, etc. Then you have to call the phone number that is written on the envelope, and a Glovo courier will arrive at your address to pick up the envelope and take it to the recycling centre”, according to Cristian Pocol.
Another solution proposed in order to facilitate WEEE collection is the RESPO box.
“It can be acquired for free (just like the envelope), either from the website, or from several distribution points, which will also be listed on www.respo.ro. In this box, we can store slightly larger WEEE, such as phones, tablets, laptops, small appliances, electrical personal care products. Then we can take the box to the nearest collection centre (details at www.respo.ro), or we can call the phone number written on the box, and RESPO representatives will send a collector to pick up the box for free and transport it to the recycling centre.
These represent solutions that we hope will encourage people to stop storing this type of hazardous waste in their homes and, at the same time, avoid situations in which we find such equipment is thrown in the trash or in the surrounding environment. People must be informed and encouraged to recycle responsibly”, according to Cristian Pocol, President of the RESPO WEEE Association.
Celebrities and influencers set an example in this regard
Well-known celebrities from show business and online influencers welcomed the initiative of the RESPO WEEE Association and brought electrical and electronic equipment waste from their home for recycling purposes.
Andreea Marin, Simona Pătruleasa, Cătălin Botezatu, Amalia Enache, Elisabeta Lipă, Carmen Negoiță, Teodora Tompea, Andreea Perju, Adina Halas, Lorena Buhnici, Alina Tănasă, Aura Cercel, Ilinca Obădescu, Mirela Bucovicean, Diana Cosmin, Elena Gemini and Bianca Iordache collected equipment they no longer used at home, put it in the RESPO box and handed it over to RESPO representatives for recycling purposes, thus encouraging circular economy.
Romania needs a green future
“We met today in order to join forces and thus build a green future, together, in Romania. A future that also depends on how we choose to manage the situation related to old and unused electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). In recent years, there is more and more discussion about what recycling and selective waste collection means. We already know that plastic, glass and cardboard must be collected and handed over separately from the rest of the household waste, and I hope that many of us do this at home. However, recycling is not limited to these types of materials. We are facing a major global issue, in terms of electrical and electronic equipment waste, which we have generically entitled WEEE,” according to Teodora Tompea, Digi 24 news presenter, host of the event.
The planet is suffocated by this type of waste
WEEE is currently the largest amount of globally produced waste. 53.6 million tons were generated in 2019, worldwide. This waste level is estimated to reach 74.7 billion tonnes by 2030.
75% of old, unused electronic devices are still in people’s homes! They contain hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury, chromium and cadmium, heavy metals and flammable toxic substances, which can become a major danger for human health and the environment, if improperly disposed of in nature.
According to statistics, only 20% of electrical and electronic waste is properly recycled on a global level. The remaining 80% is either abandoned in the environment or burned, affecting, in all the aforementioned situations, soil, air and water and, implicitly, human health.
In addition, it should be noted that, by means of properly recycling said waste, we will be able to support circular economy. All waste of this type contains raw materials that can be recycled and reintroduced into the production process as raw materials. In 2019 alone, the value of raw materials generated from electrical and electronic equipment was EUR 50.8 billion.
Proper recycling of WEEE will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions generated by the exploitation of ores for new raw materials. According to statistics, in 2019, 15 tons of CO2 were prevented from reaching the atmosphere, only by means of correct recycling of iron, aluminium and copper from the total waste of electrical and electronic equipment produced globally.
Unfortunately, the situation in Romania is not yet exemplary. According to the latest studies, conducted in 2017, the WEEE collection rate in our country was only 23% at the time, and Romania ranked on the penultimate spot in the European top in this regard.
“All these statistics should make us understand that we are at a crucial moment and that we urgently need to act accordingly, right now, in order to ensure a green, sustainable future in our country and everywhere in the world.
And it all starts with the simple fact of understanding what the dangers are and how it is recommended to act in order to avoid them. Once we choose responsible behaviour, we set an example for those around us and, on a person-by-person basis, we will make that big change that is much needed.
Any small positive action we take has consequences and even the simple fact that today we have understood what we have to do with the electrical and electronic waste we have in our homes is an important element thereto. We understand now that it is not OK to keep these devices in our homes, if we no longer use them, nor to throw them in the trash or in nature, but to offer them up for RESPOnsible recycling”, according to Cristian Pocol, President of the RESPO WEEE Association (www.respo.ro).
About the RESPO WEEE Association
The Respo WEEE Association was established in June 2019 and is dedicated to a high-performance WEEE collection and recycling process, which ensures quality, reliability and technological progress conditions, at high standards. The services exist in order to create an efficient system for the collection, logistics, treatment and recovery of WEEE, in order to minimize waste and impact thereof on the environment.
RESPO WEEE Association is actively involved in building a sustainable future in Romania, currently having 200 contracts concluded with manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment. By means of these partnerships, RESPO takes over the legal responsibility of these producers in the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment, making the association one of the main players in the waste collection market.
Today there are 2578 active producers and importers, 150 more than in 2019 that, according to current legislation, are required to register with the National Agency for Environmental Protection (ANPM) and hand over responsibility for waste management to a specialized organization – OTR (Responsibility Transfer Organization).