RESPO WEEE Association is actively involved in building a sustainable future in Romania, currently having 200 contracts with manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment. By means of these partnerships, RESPO takes over the legal responsibility of these manufacturers in what concerns the management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment, making the association one of the main players in the collection market.
Today there are 2,578 active producers and importers, 150 more than in 2019, who, according to the current legislation, have the obligation to register with the National Agency for Environmental Protection (ANPM) and hand over the responsibility in what concerns waste management to a specialized organization – OTR (Responsibility Transfer Organization).
These manufacturers also have the opportunity to obtain a license in their own name, but only 0.3% of them have done so, according to a Jaspers study.
“Currently, there are 19 OTRs on the Romanian market (12 licensed and 7 undergoing the authorization process), compared to 9 in 2019… We are dealing with an extremely dynamic market and a redistribution of producers within these OTRs.
I think it is very important to point out the existence of many manufacturers who did not register with ANPM, a fact that is against the law…
Those registered have the obligation to report, on a monthly basis, to the Environment Fund Administration, according to GEO 196/2005, the quantities of EEE introduced on the Romanian market. If they do not report or report incorrectly, a contribution of 4 lei/kg is charged for unreported EEE or for those in relation to which a transfer of responsibility to an OTR for WEEE management has not been carried out”, according to Cristian Pocol, President of RESPO Association.
In just two years since its establishment, the RESPO Association has signed partnerships with 200 such manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment in Romania.
“We are proud of such a result, which is remarkable for an OTR that has only been operating since 2019. We are actively involved in building a sustainable future in Romania and we have thus invested considerably in the team’s professionalism and in its experience in what concerns waste management. At the same time, we have taken into account maintaining a fair balance between quality, price and integrated services and quickly adapting to good international practices in the field of WEEE issues. Romania is on the right track, but there is still much to implement. We are responsible for correctly informing the population and for contributing to the creation of a correct behaviour in the management of this type of waste”, according to Cristian Pocol, director of the RESPO WEEE Association.
Why is waste a danger?
Representatives of the Respo WEEE Association explain the impact that waste from electrical and electronic equipment has on the environment and on human health.
“Electrical appliances contain plastic, which is extremely harmful for the environment, but also dangerous substances, such as mercury. When appliances containing built-in batteries are thrown away, they may cause fire upon contact with water. Globally, in 2019 a record number of electrical and electronic waste was recorded. 53.6 million tons. In the global quantity, the largest share belongs to small equipment, with 17.4 million tons, followed by large equipment, with 13.1 million tons and then, heat exchange equipment, with 10.8 million tons”, according to Cristian Pocol, president of the Respo WEEE Association.
Proper recycling reduces mining and the negative impact on the environment
Due to the fact that raw materials are limited, many of them are endangered and the fact that we use more than the land can provide, proper recycling and urban mining are the only solutions that will help the production of new electronic products.
About the RESPO WEEE Association
The Respo WEEE Association (www.respo.ro) was founded 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 on the environment.