December 2020 – January 2021

FuturENVIRO Digital – Nº 76


RECYCLIA, EFFICIENCY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS TOO

Recyclia, the entity which administers the Ecoasimelec, Ecofimática, Ecolum and Ecopilas foundations, 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 two decades. Know-how that has enabled the consolidation of a collective management model that has also demonstrated its strength in times of crisis.

Recyclia offers 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 the “newest” types, such as photovoltaic panels, electric and hybrid vehicle batteries, and toner and ink cartridges.

Taking the form of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) collective management schemes, 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.

Since then, Recyclia has become the waste management entity with the largest number of members amongst manufacturers and importers of electronic devices and batteries, with a total of over 1,616 member organisations. These companies market one of every two small domestic IT and telecommunications devices, and one of every four professional appliances placed on the market in Spain.

According to the latest available figures, Recyclia managed 57,520 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment in 2019, up 42% on 2018, and doubling the 28,450 tonnes managed in 2016 in a period of just three years.

Recyclia also has the largest collection network in Spain to bring recycling closer to the consumer. Since its creation, it has deployed 79,271 collection points, of which 38,326 are dedicated to electronic equipment and 40,945 to batteries.  

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SUMMARY

COVER STORY
RECYCLIA, EFFICIENCY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS TOO

IN DEPTH: ANALYSIS OF 2020

WOMEN & ENVIRONMENT

Female talent a key ally in achieving a sustainable future. Julia Moreno, Senior Manager and Director of the Climate Change Cluster at Forética

PLANT REPORT

Ca Na Putxa Environmental Area. Ibiza and Formentera MSW and Organic Waste Treatment Plant

ROBOTICS & NEW TECHNOLOGIES

ICR-Eco, the robot that emulates the human sorting process.

The world’s first fully automated textile sorting plant.

Robotic separators that are revolutionizing the recycling industry.

Ecopick helps to streamline pharmaceutical waste sorting and recycling at the Biotran plant.

97 GESTIÓN Y TRATAMIENTO DE RESIDUOS / WASTE MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT

First packaging with recyclability label to demonstrate real recyclability comes on the market.

LIBERA Project identifies almost 100,000 waste items abandoned in natural spaces in 2020.

Assessing waste stream properties for optimal heat exchanger performance.

BIOENERGY. GREEN HYDROGEN

The great potential of biomass waste in the agriculture and forestry sector.

AHMUR – A new association for the promotion of green hydrogen in the Region of Murcia.

RECYCLING: RECOVERY OF PLASTICS, METALS AND GLASS

Spanish society consolidates commitment to glass container recycling in a year marked by the pandemic.

Waste stakes its claim as a resource to add value to industry.