Recyclia, efficiency and responsibility
IN DEPTH: ANALYSIS OF 2018
WASTE MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT
Research and development of materials from waste generated in the Autonomous Community of Valencia in order to establish a circular economy model
Forefront of toner cartridge recycling
SOGAMA: Setting trends in Europe
PaperChain Project: New circular economy models for the paper industry
Circular economy turns waste around
New technology to recover more glass with purity rates of over 95%
Baling presses with especially wide feed openings
Recovered glass fibre as raw material for asphalt paving
Because waste does not exist
DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
RECYCLIA, EFFICIENCY AND RESPONSIBILITY
The Recyclia environmental platform was born in April 2012. The purpose of the platform was to avail of synergies, and the experience and knowledge of recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and batteries and accumulators, gained over 15 years by the Ecoasimelec, Ecofimática/Tragamóvil and Ecopilas foundations.
Ecolum, a foundation dedicated to the selective collection and recycling of waste lighting, light fittings and luminous signs, joined the platform in 2017. Since then, Recyclia has offered producers of all types of domestic and professional electrical and electronic equipment an integrated collection and recycling service for all categories of waste set out in Spanish and EU legislation, including photovoltaic panels, and batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles.
Taking the form of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) collective management systems, Ecoasimelec, Ecofimática and Ecopilas were pioneers in their field, because it was the producers themselves who voluntarily assumed responsibility for organising and financing the collection and recycling of the end-of-life equipment and batteries they placed on the market, thereby proactively anticipating the first European Directives of 2002 and 2006.
Until these systems went into operation, most WEEE generated in Spain ended up in landfills or shredders, without undergoing any type of prior decontamination treatment. Although there is still work to be done to put Spain at the same level as countries with greater tradition in this area, such as the Scandinavian countries, the scenario has changed considerably, and the results obtained by Recyclia provide a good indication of this.
Recyclia is the waste management platform with the largest number of members amongst manufacturers and importers of electronic devices and batteries, with a total of 1,354 member organisations. These companies market one of every four domestic appliances and one of every two professional appliances placed on the market in Spain.
According to the latest audited figures, in 2017 the environmental foundations that make up Recyclia recycled more than 30,000 tonnes of electronic waste, the first time that this figure had been exceeded. That year, they managed a total of 32,786 tonnes, 15% up on 2016. Since their creation, these foundations have recycled a total of 213,365 tonnes. In 2017, Recyclia also exceeded the figure of 54,000 proprietary WEEE and battery collection points, making this the biggest network of its type in Spain.