The ERP Portugal Waste Compliance Scheme, was launched by the European Recycling Platform, the first European platform initially dedicated to the management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), which has also included the management of Batteries and Accumulators (WBA) and Packaging Waste (PW) in its activities in several countries.
Four major manufacturers are among the partners: Electrolux, Hewlett Packard Portugal, LG Portugal and Sony Europe BV. ERP Portugal was established on May 13, 2005, and received its first WEEE management license in 2006, which was renewed on May 25, 2018, by Joint Order No. 5258/2018.
In 2010, ERP Portugal expanded its activities to the management of WBAs, and the previously granted authorization was renewed on December 22, 2017 by Order No. 11275 A / 2017.
In 2017, ERP Portugal entered into a partnership with Novo Verde, the packaging waste compliance system, to take over the management of this waste.
I RECYCLE BECAUSE…
WHAT DOES RECYCLING MEAN
With the increase in consumption and the consequent shortening of the life of equipment, the amount of waste generated that requires special disposal is also increasing, including waste from electronic equipment as well as batteries and accumulators. In order to return them to the loop and recover resources, recycling is an important part of the process. Recycling represents a benefit not only for people, but also for companies and the environment.
The active participation of all of us is fundamental and consists in delivering the waste to the appropriate collection points and ensuring its decontamination, treatment and recycling.
After collection, the WEEE and WBA are delivered to an acceptance point where they are sorted. The operational categories according to which we separate the collected waste are:
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Air ConditioningEquipment
- Other temperature regulation equipment
- CRT screens
- Flat screens
- Lamps (tubular, energy saving, gas discharge, etc.)
- Led lamps
- Large equipment(> 50cm)
- Photovoltaic panels
- Small equipment(≤50cm)
- Computer and telecommunications equipment
After sorting, the collected products are transported to waste treatment centers, where they are decontaminated and recycled or recovered. The phase of raw material recovery (recycling) closes the loop and leads to the production of new products (reuse of materials in industry).
The treatment of WEEE is very complex, since in most cases these devices are made of a variety of materials, such as different plastics, different metals, glass, etc. In addition to the variety of materials, they also consist of hazardous substances that need to be removed and treated independently, especially heavy metals.
Therefore, it is of high relevance that everyone adds his contribution to the proper treatment.
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR END OF LIFE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Every equipment that needed electricity or a battery to work and has reached its end of life.
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR USED BATTERIES
Waste os Batteries and Accumulators (WBA)
Devices that can store energy to give power to electrical and electronic equipmet.