Europe takes recycling goals for electronics not




Europe recycled in 2012 only a third of its electronic waste according to European directives. Large amounts of used phones, computers and televisions are illegally traded or dumped, according to research conducted by the United Nations and Interpol.

According to the survey is generally in Europe 35% of the electronic waste is processed in the right way. Sweden and Norway are most meet the requirements; countries which recycle more than 85% and 75% respectively. Romania, Spain and Cyprus are below 20%. The target is 85%.

In the Netherlands, the figure is 32%, more or less on average. About 10% comes here just in the trash, 30% is recycled, but not according to regulations, 10% is exported and 15% do not know what happens. Belgium is in a better; there is slightly more than 50% recycled properly, less than 10% goes to the rubbish heap, slightly more than 10% is recycled, but not according to regulations, 3% is exported and a small 25% has an unknown destination. The figures relate to 2012.

Under recycling but not under regulations, the research meant that the electronic waste is meegerecycled with other scrap metal.

Under electronic waste is defined as anything with a plug or a battery, and with the right treatment is meant a process in which recycling valuable raw materials like gold and silver are recovered, and hazardous materials such as lead and mercury was not released. Told Reuters suggests Jaco Huisman, coordinator of the study, recycling centers, to 1.7 billion euros due to miss valuable materials and raw materials are stolen from old appliances. In total, 3.3 million tonnes from the 9.5 million tonnes European electric tonic waste recycled in the prescribed manner.

The report calls among other things for more and better information, a ban on cash transactions in the trading of scrap, and an overall improvement in recycling infrastructure.


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