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Reuse of WEEE: widening the cycle of materials

Reuse of WEEE: Expand the recycling of materials

. Today, a large number of electrical and electronic products are discarded, although they can still be fully operational or can be easily reused if repaired.

The best option is to give the product (hopefully) a second life before it is dismantled for safe recycling. But "someone" said that the demand for second-hand electrical and electronic products is low, and it is better to send them out for replacement. Think twice! The fact is just the opposite.

In many cases, those who oppose the repeated use of electrical and electronic products are the companies that produce them and are therefore interested in buying new products. But sometimes it is true that some people just don't want second-hand appliances. To be sure, a large number of electrical and electronic products are discarded today, although they can still be fully operational or can be easily reused if repaired.

Recent new data on EU reuse research shows that:

European market demand for high-quality second-hand electronic products is strong. According to a survey by Flash Eurobarometer, on average, 50% of people in Europe are willing to buy second-hand electrical appliances. WEEE reuse is an important opportunity for employers, especially if it is carried out by a social enterprise, and it is possible to employ more than 10 times the number of people who process per ton of materials than recycling activities. The lack of appropriate legislation is regarded as one of the main obstacles to ground-based WEEE reuse activities.

In fact, the waste classification system approved in current European legislation clearly specifies the priority of preparing for reuse before recycling and disposal, but unfortunately, there are currently no goals or incentives to achieve this goal.

However, in October 2011, the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament voted in favor of setting a 5% reuse target in the recycling target, requiring manufacturers to provide free information about preparing to reuse and dispose of electrical appliances on the market, and requiring all collection plan regulations Separate reusable WEEE at the collection point and adopt European standards to prepare for reuse (created within 3 years at most).

This positive result still needs the approval of EU member states to take effect. So far, member states have been very reluctant to these measures. If no agreement is reached in this month of December, the negotiations will have to mediate, which will reduce the ambition of the goal.

In view of the rising prices of raw materials, the employment opportunities associated with the reuse sector, and the high energy contained in these products, it is necessary to increase the collection and reuse of goods to approach a zero-waste economy.

In many cases, the company that opposes the reuse of electrical and electronic products is the company that manufactures these products.

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