RECORD NUMBERS OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND LIGHT BULBS COLLECTED
In 2019, 122,548 tonnes of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment and light bulbs were collected. That is the same weight as 488 passenger planes, which is a new record for us and our partners. In 2018, we collected 117,383 tonnes.
Especially striking is the substantial increase in small electrical and electronic equipment in the ‘other’ category. The number of mobile phones, computers, and electric toothbrushes rose by 27.6%: from 24 million appliances in 2018 to 31 million in 2019. The number of fridges and freezers also increased, namely by 8.61%. Together with our partners, we collected 7.7% more light bulbs in 2019. That means that for the first time, we collected more than 10 million light bulbs and fittings.
All these results show that our awareness-raising campaigns about the collection of mobiles, fridges, and light bulbs are having an effect.DISCOVER THE 2019 CAMPAIGNS
Recupel’s collection points are also becoming
increasingly popular. We collected 8.65% more
e-waste via the retail sector. This came from
the one-for-one take-back obligation (leave your
old appliance in the store before you buy a new,
similar appliance) and the RecyclePoints for small
electrical and electronic appliances in supermarkets,
DIY stores, etc.
|Recupel collection points in shops||28,462||26,197|
EUROPEAN COLLECTION OBJECTIVES NOT MET
The collection figures are breaking records, but Recupel and its partners are not the only organisations in Belgium collecting and processing e-waste. It is not known how many end-of-life appliances the other actors on the market are collecting and processing. This is one of the reasons why Belgium, like almost all other Member States, has fallen short of Europe’s collection objectives. The EU stipulated that by 2019, all Member States have to collect at least 65% of the average weight of what had been placed on the market in the preceding three years or 85% of what was discarded.
Recupel and its partners are doing all they can to achieve these objectives by, among other things, raising awareness, further expanding the collection network, and working closely with other partners in the network. Moreover, correct reporting is crucial. In 2018, we developed the BeWeee tool together with seven partner organisations to provide all actors with a simple reporting tool. In the same year, 20,000 tonnes of e-waste was reported with this tool. Furthermore, we are working hard to find the electrical and electronic appliances that have escaped us and are often not processed properly. Our ‘Missing Fridges’ campaign is an excellent illustration of that!