Waste Electrical
and Electronic Equipment

Around 54 million tons of WEEE are produced worldwide each year. Of these, only 17.4% are properly collected and treated.

WEEE contains recyclable raw materials within it, which, if properly managed and treated, can be recovered and re-used, creating new resources according to the circular economy principle. However, such waste can also contain highly polluting substances and, for this reason, the legislation has set clear rules for its separate collection. Producers of such equipment (EEE) are therefore responsible for establishing, coordinating and financing the WEEE collection and treatment systems in compliance with environmental regulations, in addition to the adoption of measures aimed at preventing and reducing the production of WEEE by promoting its re-use and recycling.

WEEE Groupings

Consistently with the type and hazardousness, household WEEE is collected according to five different Groupings in order to facilitate its proper treatment.

R1

Refrigeration appliances

(refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc.)

R2

Large household appliances

(washing machines, dishwashers, ovens, hobs, etc.)

R3

TVs

(Monitors and screens)

R4

Various electronic products

(small appliances, consumer electronics, IT and telecommunications, etc.)

R5

Light sources

According to its specific origin, WEEE has been divided by the legislation into two different types:
Household WEEE, i.e. WEEE which derives from private homes, or Professional WEEE, i.e. WEEE which comes from businesses and commercial and administrative activities.

WEEE has grown worldwide by 21% in the past 5 years. According to this trend, in 2030 we will generate about 74 million tons of WEEE, almost double those of 2014.

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