Around three quarters of electronic waste in Spain are processed outside of the Integrated Management Systems (GIS). A study by the University of Salamanca complaint that many manufacturers are not registered in the waste management system established and also try to evade paying.
According to the European directive on electrical waste and electronic equipment, the manufacturers of these devices must recycle the garbage generated by its activity, until arrive to 4 kg per inhabitant per year; however, most of the equipment out of use in Spain is handled by unauthorized systems; revealed a study by researchers at the University of Salamanca and publishes the Journal of Cleaner Production.
In 2010, Spain generated 652 million kilograms, what means, 13.86 kg per person, but only 2.55 kg were collected and processed correctly through the ‘integrated systems’ (GIS). The collective method that manufacturers can use to manage waste, besides being able to do individually.
The need for a leader.
The study highlights the importance of “a pioneering agent to set the model for others”, as the company Indumental Recycling. “Its tradition, expertise and support to pilot projects, was a major impetus for the development of waste management system,” adds research.
Research indicates that the waste management system in Spain could be an example for other countries that start now. The paper concludes that the Spanish experience can be a reference for countries like UK, USA and China, where most of the electronic waste, is returned to the producer, or managed through volunteer programs and other informal channels.
REGION: INTERNACIONAL -ESPAÑA