1.1

From the beginning until today:

eleven years at the service of sustainability

Our goal: Sustainability

We are a non-profit Consortium, established to fulfil the regulatory obligations that consider the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Producers the responsible of the waste management deriving from these ones (WEEE), in all the steps following their collection.

We set up in November 2004, on the initiative of the most important Producers of large household appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, ovens, hoods, water heaters) but - due to a series of delays in issuing the WEEE related Decrees - we became operational from the beginning of 2008.

With the entry into force of the Decree n. 188/2008 on batteries, we have also become a Consortium for the management of batteries and accumulators.

We were born to meet the legal obligations, but we did not stop. Since our establishment, we immediately stood out for our interest in the environmental protection, which has become for us - together with the care of our Members Producers interests - the main goal of our activity.

We have interpreted the task entrusted to us by the law as a responsibility and a commitment: the responsibility to build a positive model, a new example of the Italian excellence, a sustainable value and the commitment to strengthen the culture of the sustainability and to promote the adoption of more environmentally conscious daily behaviours, stimulating the public opinion, the media and the institutional decision makers.

After some years, thanks to the experience gained in the field of the Household WEEE, we have expanded our area of intervention, dealing first with the Corporate WEEE and then with every kind of Corporate Waste.

So, ECODOM RA was born; a highly specialized organization, able not only to manage any kind of special waste, but also to provide the right advice to the Companies, in order to facilitate the waste disposal and the recovery operations in the full compliance with the current legislation and the environmental protection.

Today, we can proudly say that we are the largest Italian network, with thousands of Collection Facilities distributed all over the national territory, able to guarantee a widespread service even in the most difficult areas to reach and with a very high level of service; at the same time, our centralized management allows the customer to have a single contact, even in the case of multiple locations to serve.

At December 31, 2018, ECODOM consists of 124 Member Companies.

Since 2008 we have organized and coordinated the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste treatment and the Waste from Batteries and Accumulators. 
Since 2011 we are certified UNI EN ISO 9001: 2015 (Quality Management System) and UNI EN ISO 14001: 2015 (Environmental Management System).

1.2

Our Goals

In all our activities - the Household and Professional WEEE management, the Waste management from Batteries and Accumulators, the Corporate Waste organization and services coordination - we have always clear the two guiding principles to be pursued:

• avoiding the pollutants dispersion in the Environment through the correct waste treatment

• maximizing the Secondary Raw Materials recovery to be reintegrated into the production cycles

In order to achieve these goals, we therefore perform a constant monitoring of the entire supply chain and a scrupulous selection of our suppliers, who are required to comply with high environmental standards.

1.3

The WEEE Legislation: a general overview

In 2003, with the Directive 2002/96/EC, the European Union defined for the first time a WEEE collection and recycling system that directly involved the equipment Producers: in fact, they were given the responsibility not only to finance but also to manage the WEEE after the collection phase entrusted to Municipalities and Distributors.
The European Community established two goals in introducing the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the WEEE management: on the one hand, avoiding the dispersion of hazardous substances in the environment - such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) contained in the refrigerant circuits and in the polyurethane foams of old generation refrigerators and freezers - on the other, to maximize the recycling of Secondary Raw Materials (iron, copper, aluminum and plastics) contained in this waste, whose recovery requires, among other things, a quantity of energy that is considerably lower than that required to extract the virgin raw materials.
In 2005, with the Legislative Decree n. 151, Italy implemented the European legislation.
Before this Decree, the electrical and electronic waste management was carried out by the Local Authorities based on the Ronchi Decree. The Local Authorities had to take care not only of collecting the WEEE from the citizens, but also of carrying out the treatment of this waste. This happened, of course, with a strong lack of homogeneity on the national territory.

The Decree 151/2005 was followed by the Legislative Decree n. 49 of 14 March 2014, which acknowledged the new European Directive 2012/19 / EU.

The current rule establishes that:

  • the citizens have the task of keeping the WEEE separate from the other urban waste and delivering them to those responsible of the collection;
  • the Municipalities must make available to the citizens designated structures (recycling areas, also called collection and recycling facilities or ecological platforms or eco-centers or recycling centers) and services (such as the household waste collection) for the WEEE separate collection. The activities carried out by the Municipalities are financed through the local taxes;
  • the AEE Distributors must carry out the free collection of WEEE when the consumer purchases the equivalent equipment - the One to One collection;
  • the AEE Distributors with a store bigger than 400 square meters must carry out the free collection of very small WEEE (with a size less than 25 cm) even when the consumer does not buy anything - the One to zero collection;
  • the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Producers (through the Consortia to which they belong) must collect the WEEE both from the Municipal Recycling Facilities and from the Collection Areas set up by the Distributors and transport them to the treatment plants. In these plants, the WEEE is disassembled and minced, separating the Raw Materials that compose them: iron, copper, aluminum, plastic, glass. It is also at this phase that all the polluting substances present are "captured" and then properly disposed of, avoiding the dispersion into the environment.

Finally, the law allows the Producers to apply a surcharge, to the sale price of the new EEE called the WEEE Eco-Contribution, which serves to entirely finance the activities for which they are responsible.

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Our core business: The Household WEEE

The Household WEEE is the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment from private households, as well as WEEE coming from commercial, industrial, institutional activities and of other kinds, similar in nature and quantity to those originating from the private households.

The Legislative Decree n. 49/2014 states that the Producers must manage the Household WEEE through the Compliance Schemes and that the expenses of each Producer are equal to their market share in each Category.

The Household WEEE is, in fact, classified into five different categories, homogeneous for type of treatment methodology:

R1. Cooling and Freezing (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners)

R2. Large household appliances (washing machines, dishwashers, ovens, water heaters)

R3. Televisions and monitors

R4. Small household appliances, consumer electronics, IT, lighting equipment

R5. Lamps

The WEEE Coordination Center - the central Body that ensures homogeneous operating conditions among the Compliance Schemes - assigns annually to each Consortium the Collection Facilities (CFs) from which the WEEE collection must be carried out.

Each Consortium for each Category is such as to ensure that the WEEE amounts of each Category managed by each Consortium are proportional to the market share of that Consortium in that Category. The CFs are present in the Municipal Recycling Facilities or in the Collection Areas set up by the Distributors.

The Compliance Schemes are also responsible of the Household WEEE transport from the Collection Faciities assigned and its treatment at those specialized sites that have passed the quality audits carried out by the WEEE Coordination Center.

On 31st December 2018, our Consortium have managed 4,825 Collection Facilities, distributed all over the national territory, as regards the R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 Categories.

In 2018, we collected the Household WEEE from the 4,825 Collection Facilities assigned to us by the WEEE Coordination Center and we handled on behalf of our Consortium Members Companies the 34.1% - by weight - of all the Household WEEE collected in Italy.

Our Consortium is therefore confirmed as the first among the 14 National Compliance Schemes both for the household WEEE managed amount – 105,824 tons in 2018 - and for the managed market share in the R1 (43.6%) and R2 (64.2%) categories.

Household WEEE Management Activities: some figures

Household WEEE managed amount 105,824 tons

Number of Collection Facilities: 4,825

Punctuality in the collection from the Collection Facilities: 99.84%

Environmental benefits deriving from the household WEEE correct management, calculated in accordance with the methodology defined by the WEEE Forum:

CO2 emissions avoided: 808,092 tons

Energy saved: 470,729 GJ

1.5

The diversification of our activities and the opening up to the market

Making use of the experience gained over the years in the Household WEEE management and the assets at our disposal - a competent and motivated team, a network of suppliers spread throughout the national territory and an information system capable of tracking every single operation - we have decided to expand our intervention area, thus starting a virtuous circle capable of generating economic efficiency and an increasingly constructive and real protection of the environment.

To our core business we, therefore, have been added first the Waste management of Batteries and Accumulators and then that of the Corporate Waste.

Whether it is a continuous consultancy or a spot intervention - as in the case of operations in the construction sites or warehouses rearrangement – we are able to offer a qualified contribution to the Companies in every phase of the special waste collection and management, always ensuring the correct treatment.

In order to a concrete transition towards the Circular Economy, we therefore provide all our customers with a true "one stop shop" service: a single contact point not only for managing the end-of-life of products placed on the market, but also for of all types of waste generated in the production plants and warehouses

A single contact point for an easier management, a better cost control, a uniform and well-coordinated service.

Our customized service includes:

  • the collection and management of the Corporate Waste in the production plants;
  • the management of the obsolete and/or damaged warehouse stockpiles;
  • the scrapping of taxes in collaboration with the Revenue Agency and the Guardia di Finanza;
  • the support in all the administrative requirements;

the environmental consulting.

A key service for us concerns the careful evaluation of all the regulatory aspects, a particularly important issue in the Corporate Waste management. The correct waste treatment, in addition to guaranteeing the environmental protection, represents a fundamental activity for the companies, both in terms of Compliance and in order to obtain the environmental certifications

We provide our customers with a complete support both for an accurate Suppliers management and at the administrative level, in order to ensure the full compliance with the regulation, also and especially when the interpretation of the relevant legislation requires very specific skills.

Since 2016, finally, in partnership with Universities and research Institutes at European level, we have presented projects in response to calls for proposals (Horizon2020, Life +, EIT Raw Materials, Climate KIC). The funding obtained - thirteen in just over three years - gives us the opportunity to use our know-how in defining innovative, efficient and sustainable solutions, playing a leading role in the field of the applied research in the WEEE sector.

1.6

Our Consortium: an enabler of the Circular Economy

The Goal 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the collection of the 17 global Goals launched by the UN in 2015 - states: Ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns.

But what does this actually mean?

The sustainable consumption and production means promoting a more efficient use of resources and energy, sustainable infrastructures, as well as guaranteeing the access to the basic services, decent works that respect the environment and a better life quality for all people.

Its execution contributes to the implementation of the overall development plans, the reduction of future economic, environmental and social costs, the improvement of the economic competitiveness and the reduction of poverty.

The sustainable consumption and production aim “to do more and better with less", increasing the benefits in terms of well-being coming from the economic activities, by reducing the use of the resources, the deterioration and the pollution throughout the entire production cycle, thus improving the life quality. In order to achieve this, all the subjects must be involved: companies, consumers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, retailers, media.

A systematic and cooperative approach among the subjects involved in the supply chains is therefore necessary, from the Producer to the Consumer. It also requires the involvement of the Consumers themselves in awareness raising initiatives toward a sustainable lifestyle, offering them adequate information and involving them in new way of supply that is more environmentally friendly.

The Goal 12 targets include several significant commitments signed by Italy, to be implemented by 2030, including: achieving the sustainable management and the efficient use of natural resources and reducing substantially the waste production through the prevention, the reduction, the recycling and the reuse.

The objective is challenging: we are going to make our contribution, placing ourselves as one of the most important enablers of the Circular Economy in Italy.

We are this, first of all, for the quantity of Secondary Raw Materials that we re-enter on the market every year thanks to our Household WEEE and the Corporate Waste management activities.

We are this, for the competent and effective support we offer to Companies of all sizes and types in all the steps of disposal and treatment of their waste: a "turnkey" consulting service that can really turn the waste problem into an environmental and economic benefit.

We are this, both for the studies and research that we promote or in which we participate directly and for the many communication campaigns with which we promote among the citizens an increased awareness on the environmental and sustainability issues.