The City Council of Huelva has joined this week, through its municipal companies, to the fourth #GreenLeague, initiative aimed at promote the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the work centers promoted by the Ecolec Foundation, and which has been launched coinciding with the European Week for Waste Prevention (EWWR). In this way, until December, they will be collected at the facilities of Waters of Huelva, Emtusa and Emlicodemsa this type of waste.
For this, will be installed, throughout the period of the campaign, drawers for the collection of small waste electrical and electronic equipment where the workers of each center will be able to deposit those devices that have become unusable. Specifically, Aguas de Huelva has placed these containers at its headquarters, the ETAP and the WWTP and, also thanks to this initiative, the collected kilos of waste will be exchanged for kilos for the Food Bank.
Likewise, the municipal work centers will have informative material and their employees will be offered online training in this regard, attended by an environmental educator.
In this regard, the councilor for Urban Habitat and Infrastructures of the Huelva City Council, Esther Cumbrera, thanked “the involvement of municipal companies in this campaign for one more year with which we try to raise awareness among company workers and also the Huelva society in general on the importance of recycling this type of waste, which we collect at the city’s clean points and through the mobile clean point, but which may also be deposited in these facilities until the end of December ”.
Since its inception, the campaign has informed more than 10,000 workers and has collected more than 2.5 tons of WEEE. The Director of Institutional Relations, Marketing and Communication of Fundación Ecolec, Rafael Serrano, has pointed out that “for us it is very motivating to see how both private and public organizations are involved year after year in the campaign and that in 2021 the number has doubled. of companies and practically tripled the number of collection points: it makes us see that the recycling of WEEE matters ”.
In total, there are up to 22 institutions that participate in this new edition that will have up to 80 collection points from this week until the conclusion of the Christmas campaign, dates in which a high volume of WEEE is collected with the coincidence of dates like Black Friday, Christmas or the Three Kings.
Through the #GreenLeague initiative, framed within the actions of the RAEE Andalucía brand, the Ecolec Foundation aims to highlight the involvement of these companies and institutions, as well as their own workers as aware citizens, with the importance of the correct management of those small electrical and electronic devices that have become unusable, both at home and in the workplace, and that must be deposited in the appropriate places.
The #GreenLeague is one of the initiatives that make up the #GO communication strategy of Fundación ECOLEC; Through the latter, ECOLEC aims to address effectively and efficiently all the agents involved in the product’s life cycle (manufacturers, distributors, consumers, etc.) and to build a coherent and powerful account that allows informing, raising awareness and make known that well-managed WEEE is a resource for society.
WEEE is waste electrical and electronic equipment that has reached the end of its useful life from both private homes and professional uses. To identify them we must check if they have needed electric current or electromagnetic fields to function, intended to be used with a nominal voltage not exceeding 1,000 watts (in alternating current) and 1,500 watts (in direct current), and the necessary equipment to generate, transmit and measure such currents and fields.
The obligation to manage this waste in a separate way from the rest of the waste fractions is given by Royal Decree 110/2015, which sets out the obligations and responsibilities of all the agents involved, among which are product suppliers, merchants, administrations (local, regional and national) and users. In addition, the correct management of WEEE provides environmental benefits.
A total of 100,000 tons of WEEE per year for five consecutive years
The ECOLEC Foundation has exceeded the figure of 100,000 tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) correctly managed in 2021. Data that have also made it the only collective system of extended producer responsibility (SCRAP) in Spain to exceed 100,000 annual tons of WEEE properly managed for five consecutive years.
About the ECOLEC Foundation
The ECOLEC Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created to defend the environment and has a firm commitment to sustainable development. Its objective is to efficiently organize the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries and accumulators, guaranteeing the extended responsibility of the incorporated producers. The organization is ISO 9001 certified for quality and ISO 14001 for the environment, is an Organizational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative and a partner of the United Nations Global Compact. For three consecutive years, 2017, 2018 and 2019, ECOLEC has been the first and only collective system of extended responsibility of the producer of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) to manage more than 100 million kilograms of WEEE managed in accordance with RD 110/2015 in each of the aforementioned exercises.