Collective systems enable Spain to comply with European WEEE recycling targets in 2017

The activity of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collective management systems  (SCRAP), which form part of the OfiRaee platform (AMBILAMP, Ecoasimelec, Ecofimática, Ecolum, Ecolec, Eco-Raee’s, Ecotic and ERP), along with the cooperation of the different actors involved in the product lifecycle (consumers, producers, distributors and managers), enabled 247,000 tonnes of WEEE to be managed in 2017. This volume of e-waste management means that Spain is in compliance with the mandatory targets set out for this type of waste in European Directive 2012/19/EU on WEEE.

The above figure for WEEE managed in 2017 represents 5.30 kg per person, up almost 25% on 2015, the year in which Royal Decree RD 110/2015, which transposes Directive 2012/19/EU into Spanish law, came into force.

OfiRaee considers the evolution of the results achieved by the WEEE collective management systems to be very positive. The trend highlights the validity of the model promoted by these collective systems, which are key elements for the management and coordination of the different actors.

Moreover, the agreements and conventions entered into with regional and local authorities, and other entities, have been vital in terms of achieving these results. Equally important has been the success of communications initiatives and campaigns aimed at raising citizen awareness. Examples include the “What is plugged in is recycled” campaign in Galicia and the “WEEEvolution” campaign in Extremadura, financed by the WEEE collective management systems. These campaigns are indicative of the growing interest of the Spanish population in electronic recycling and the circular economy as a whole.

OfiRaee is an IT platform that facilitates the coordination of WEEE collective management systems with regional authorities, local organisations and clean point selective collection centres (puntos limpios). The platform facilitates efficient, effective, environmentally friendly WEEE management, in compliance with the increasingly stringent recovery and recycling targets set out in current European legislation.

The first Spanish National WEEE Congress, held in June 2017 in Antequera with the theme “Committed to the environment”, provided further evidence of how the collective management system is facilitating compliance with the circular economy model and reducing the extraction of resources from nature.