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A handbook for electronic waste

In Italy Ecolight is the consortium that gathers over 1,500 producers and distributors of electric and electronic equipment (WEEE). Born in 2004, it is the reference point also for large retailers. The consortium has drawn up three basic advices for citizens on the correct disposal of not functioning or obsolete devices (e.g. the old TV set, the broken mixer, the handy put in the drawer).

«It is important to remember that WEEE are special waste regulated by law. Their correct handling make possible to obtain important materials – e.g. plastic, glass ad metals – which can be used to create new products»,

says Giancarlo Dezio, CEO of Ecolight. The first important thing to do is to bring WEEEs in one of the 3,648 ecologic equipped areas. Electronic waste are to be put in the right container: R1 stands for refrigerators; R2 for washing machines and ovens; R3 for TV sets and monitors; R4 for small household appliances and consumer equipment; R5 for neon and energy saving lighting equipment. The second things to do, when you buy a new household appliance is to leave the old one right away in the shop. According to the Italian Ministerial Decree no. 65/2010 – also known as “One vs. One” – this must be free of charge for the consumer, on condition that they fill in a delivery form, even when the new device is home delivered. Third advice: enterprises and freelance professionals can rely on “Fai spazio” (i.e. make room), the collection service by Ecolight. Some significant figures: in Italy, in 2012, over one million tons of WEEEs have been produced, that us nearly 18 kilos pro inhabitant (source: ONU – “Solving the e-waste problem”; www.ecolight.it).

A handbook for electronic waste

A biodynamic life
by Giuliana Zoppis

A handbook for electronic waste

News, events, products and services for an innovative and conscious lifestyle:
all that can give an ecologic shift to everyday actions with responsibility, curiosity, creativity and the desire of improving us and the world we live in.

This is the section led by Giuliana Zoppis, architect, journalist and expert of ecodesign, biobuilding and socio-environmental sustainability. In 2006, together with Clara Mantica , she founded Best Up the first chain for promoting the sustainable living.