Electrão was founded on April 27, 2005, by 60 of the major producers of electrical and electronic equipment in the Portuguese market. It was the first organization to manage WEEE in Portugal and the only one that, today, manages three waste streams: battery waste, packaging waste and WEEE.
In 2021 Electrão celebrated the International E-Waste Day with an artistic installation of big proportions made out of used washing machines and refrigerators, in the seaside of Carcavelos beach. In the last years, the number of recycled e-waste increased, but it is still a way below Electrão’s recycling ambitions. They were aware of the statistics – only 17,4% of all used electronics are recycled but, recently, they also found out that 3 out of 4 devices that people send to recycling are diverted to the parallel market and are illegally processed. This SOS installation has drawn attention to the issue, so that people can realise the dimension of the e-waste problem and start to do their part.
Electrão also started an exciting pilot project in 2021 which is the door-to-door collection at peoples’ home in some parishes in Lisbon. Many people have difficulty delivering their large equipment because they simply don’t have elevators or don’t have someone to help them put the e-waste on the street. To solve this issue, Electrão go to peoples’ home to get the e-waste.
Electrão also promoted a national campaign to fight against the parallel market, along with the official entities, the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Secretary of State for Consumer Protection.
See more in the video below:
The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association representing fifty producer responsibility organisations across the globe. Together with our members, we are at the forefront of turning the extended producer responsibility principle into an effective electronic waste management policy approach through our combined knowledge of the technical, business and operational aspects of collection, logistics, de-pollution, processing, preparing for reuse and reporting of e-waste. Our mission is to be the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre excelling in the implementation of the circularity principle.
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