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Our Values

WEEE, OUR RESPONSIBILITY

An environmentally excellence and economically efficientmanagement. This is our Mission:a perfect synergy between environmental protection and operational efficiency.

Consistent with our Mission, we try to constantly combine the excellence in the environmental protection with the efficiency in the operational management in all the process steps: logistics, treatment, recovery and disposal, in synergy with our Suppliers and all the supply chain subjects.

Working properly from an environmental point of view it is not just a task, it is a responsibility.

The correct WEEE management is our responsibility. A waste can turn into a resource if there is the willingness that this can happen, and we do have it.

At the same time, as a Collective System inserted in a multi-consortium system in which the obliged subjects - the EEE Producers - have the possibility to choose every year which Consortium to join, we must continuously improve our operational efficiency to be always competitive.

"Competing responsibly" is not an oxymoron for us, it is growing by creating sustainable value, combining the economic development objectives with a real development perspective, which does not disregard its environmental and social impacts.

The Sustainability is for us the perimeter within which to carry out every industrial action and the horizon towards which to guide each strategy.

 

2.1

The environmental excellence

The management chains of the WEEE, the waste from portable batteries and the Corporate Waste are composed partly of subjects in common and partly of specific subjects for each type of waste.

As regards the Household WEEE and the waste from portable batteries, the supply chain is composed both of subjects who work directly on our behalf - the logistics and treatment providers – and of external subjects, such as, for example, those who place EEE, Batteries and Accumulators on the market (Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors) or those who provide the collection and the disposal of waste in special centers (Citizens, Distributors, Local Authorities, Storage Centers, Large Users).

Finally, the Corporate Waste value chain follows the same pattern adopted for the Household WEEE with little variations: we coordinate the collection of the Professional WEEE and other Corporate Waste at the storage sites of the Companies that produce the waste or at the waste operators for third party; we also coordinate its transport to the storage and to the treatment facilities for the recovery of the Secondary Raw Materials or for the proper disposal (thermal or in landfill).

 

2.1.1

The Household WEEE and the Waste from Portable Batteries

We ask our suppliers to adhere to very high quality and environmental standards: in fact, during the selection phase, all the suppliers must prove to be accredited by the WEEE Coordination Center, in accordance with the provisions of the Program Agreement on the treatment quality signed with the Recyclers Associations.

We are not limited, however, only to the formal control of the supply chain. We also carry out a performance monitoring through the service execution, both in terms of efficiency (for example, the punctuality of the collection at the Collection Facilities), and in terms of environmental protection, through the audits supervision performed by the Auditors accredited by the WEEE Coordination Center.
In particular, the most compelling environmental requirements concern the suppliers relating to the WEEE of R1 Category, since an incorrect treatment can cause significant environmental damage due to the dispersion in the atmosphere of the ozone-damaging gases (CFC - HCFC - HFC).

Since we require our Suppliers high standard, we have developed some forms of protection and incentives in order to create the right conditions to be competitive on the market. Also in 2018, for example, the indexing mechanism within the treatment contracts was confirmed: when the market value of the raw materials goes up, we pay the suppliers a lower amount; when, on the other hand, this value decreases, we give our suppliers a higher amount.

The aim of this mechanism, thanks to which the treatment providers can count on fairly constant total revenues - that is, the sum of the amount we pay and the revenues deriving from the sale of the Secondary Raw Materials - is to ensure that these suppliers maintain high quality standard even in bad market condition.

An additional incentive mechanism for the logistics providers penalizes the use of polluting vehicles (Euro 0 and Euro 1), promoting the use of vehicles with lower environmental impact.

Finally, an incentive is given to the suppliers operating in the R1 Category, if they prove they can guarantee an energy coverage of their activities that comes at least for 70% from renewable sources.

For all the services relating to the Household WEEE and the waste from portable batteries our suppliers are contractually required to:

 

  • observe the law and the work collective agreement provisions  and, in particular, the standards relating to the social security, tax and insurance treatment of the personnel, as well as all the provisions on the accident prevention, health, safety at work and the environmental protection by providing, on our request, all the documentation in this regard;
  • observe the principles, the accuracies and the requirements of the organization and management model pursuant to legislative decree 231/ adopted by our Consortium, activating all the internal procedures suitable for averting and avoiding the risk of crimes commission contemplated by the same Decree and promptly communicating the start of any criminal investigations and/or proceedings;
  • as for the household weee, observe and comply with the requirements of the program agreement on the quality of the treatment and submit to verification of the compliance with these requirements and submit to verification of the compliance with these requirements

The WEEELABEX Project

The experience we have gained in the audits of the WEEE treatment plants has been made available to the WEEELABEX Project (WEEE LABoratory of EXcellence), conceived by the WEEE Forum in collaboration with the main stakeholders of the WEEE chain and co-financed by the European Union.

The WEEELABEX main goal has been to define homogeneous quality standards throughout Europe for the management and treatment of the Electric and Electronic Waste. In parallel, WEEELABEX has defined a uniform audit method for the compliance with these standards, through the presence of qualified Auditors operative in all the European Countries. The WEEELABEX standard was taken as a reference both for the writing of the CENELEC standard on the treatment and for the technical specification of the WEEE Coordination Center Program Agreement on the treatment.

We are among the founding Members (and Members of the Board) of the WEEELABEX Organization, the organisation that ensures adequate Auditors training throughout Europe.

2.1.2

The Corporate Waste

We have decided to put the experience and the quality gained over a decade of WEEE management at the service of the Companies that produce waste.

Thanks to our know-how, we are able to manage waste of all sizes, in a wide range of CER Codes, availing ourselves of qualified suppliers, which guarantee an adequate transport and treatment in the full compliance with the regulations.

Since our service is aimed at guaranteeing high economic efficiency and full compliance with the law, even in this case, all the suppliers who work with us are required to:

  • observe the law and the work collective agreement provisions and in particular the standards relating to the social security, tax and insurance treatment of the personnel, as well as all the provisions on the accident prevention, health, safety at work and the environmental protection by providing, on our request, all the documentation in this regard.
  • observe the law and the work collective agreement provisions adopted by our Consortium, activating all the internal procedures suitable for averting and avoiding the risk of commission of the crimes contemplated by the same decree and promptly communicating the start of any criminal investigations and/or proceedings.

2.2

The Economic Efficiency

However, a WEEE management carried out in a correct way environmentally speaking is not self-sufficient from an economic point of view: the sum of costs incurred - efficiency bonuses paid to the subjects who carry out the collection, the logistics costs, the treatment, the general and the system costs - is higher than the revenues deriving from the Secondary Raw Materials from WEEE.

Since the difference between the costs and the revenues is covered by the participating EEE Producers through the “WEEE Eco-contributions” (and therefore by the Consumers who purchase the new EEE), it is fundamental for us to continuously improve the economic efficiency, through a rigorous control of each cost item and the constant processes efficiency.

As regards the economic and financial management, in addition to the Board of Directors and the Assembly of the Consortium Members, we have got the supervision of the Board of Statutory Auditors and an independent external auditing company.

2.3

The transparency

Since our first year of operation - 2008 - we have decided to report all our activities and results in a transparent and objective manner, documenting the origin of all information and trying to tell everything about ourselves.

In an often “non-crystalline” context as that of the waste management, we wanted to be transparent; we believe that, in order to support the real and the significant experiences of the Circular Economy, a documented, serious, non-self-referential and extra-financial report is necessary.

 

For these reasons, since 2008, we have published annually our Sustainability Report, drawn up with the support of the Ecosistemi Foundation, in accordance with the GRI - Global Reporting Initiative - Guidelines and reviewed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

An important assumption of responsibility, which arises from the need to communicate to the stakeholders the choices made, the initiatives concluded and the projects in progress, in a systematic, clear and transparent way.

The scientific accuracy of our Sustainability Report in describing all the environmental, social and economic impacts allows a sustainability reporting equivalent to the measurability criteria adopted at international level and comparable with the most virtuous organizations of this sector. 

In particular, the methodology used for calculating the environmental benefits has been taken as a model by the WEEE Forum for the creation of a tool for reporting the environmental impacts in a uniform manner among the Collective Systems operating in different European countries. In this way, the full data comparability is guaranteed.

THE WEEE FORUM

The WEEE Forum is a non-profit association, founded in 2002, whose main objective is the exchange of experiences and the sharing of know-how in the field of Electrical and Electronic Waste. 
Currently, there are 40 WEEE management Collective Systems.
ECODOM joined the WEEE Forum in 2005 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012.