The four environmental foundations forming part of Recyclia (Ecoasimelec, Ecofimática, Ecolum and Ecopilas) have responded to over 800 requests per week for the collection of electronic waste and batteries since the State of Alarm was declared by the Spanish government on March 14.
Recyclia has just published this information and views the figures very positively, particularly bearing in mind the decrease in waste streams arising from the current lockdown situation, the reduced mobility of citizens and the fact that numerous regions of Spain have closed their municipal selective waste collection centres.
Despite the decrease in the waste stream, Recyclia highlights the fact that e-waste continues to be collected in certain sectors, such as food stores, in the case of batteries, and other commercial establishments classified as essential, such as IT retail outlets and electrical appliance repair centres. Similarly, professional waste continues to be produced in companies and facilities belonging to sectors whose business activity has not been curtailed.
Since the declaration of the State of Alarm, Ecoasimilec (the foundation which collects all types of equipment, from mobile phones to medical imaging scanners) has managed the highest number of requests, with 37.9% of the total, followed by Ecofimática (office equipment and printers), with 28.4%, and Ecopilas, with 21.2%.
With respect to printer consumables and lighting equipment, the collection requests received by the Tragatóner/Tragatinta and the Ecolum foundation have respectively accounted for 7.3% and 5.2% of the total number of requests.
Special emphasis should be placed on the role of Recyclia in the collection of end-of- life electronic equipment from hospitals and other healthcare facilities in recent weeks, for the purpose of creating more space for the treatment of patients.
Recyclia reminds users of the importance of storing e-waste and batteries prior to depositing them in their corresponding containers when circumstances so permit, in order to ensure that this waste is recycled. In this respect, Recyclia foresees that the current reduction in streams will make it difficult to achieve recycling targets for this year, even if there is a recovery once the crisis has ended. Nonetheless, Recyclia guarantees the deployment of the resources necessary for a rapid and effective response when the pandemic crisis has passed.