For every electrical appliance that is produced or sold, valuable and rare raw materials are mined and processed. Starting today, we want to go on an electrical fast. This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy any more new appliances, but rather that you should use them in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way possible.
How to do that? Here are a few tips:
Don’t charge your smartphone overnight: If you charge your phone overnight, it often remains plugged in for several hours after being fully charged. This reduces the capacity of the smartphone battery & nothing is more annoying than a weak battery.
Do not choose a new smartphone when renewing your contract: Often providers entice you with cheap cell phones when you sign a new contract. Ask for a credit and keep taking your still fully functional smartphone.
Use your smartphone for many different purposes: A cell phone can now replace many electrical devices that you used to buy in addition. You no longer need an MP3 player, a navigation device or a small, additional digital camera. This can save a lot of electrical waste in the long run. So take advantage of all the features of your smartphones.
Recycle your old devices: On average, there are more old electrical appliances than plants in German households – #whattheschrott. Take a day, sort out old electrical appliances and hand them in. This is the only way the cycle can work! More information on where you can drop off your old devices and what happens to them at www.cirecon.de/gogreen.
Regensburg, 10.02.2021: Today’s issue of the MZ was about the topic “Where does the electronic waste end?”. In addition to our solutions for a more transparent, safer and professional disposal, it was also about our survey.
The German government has presented an amendment to the „Elektro- und Elektronikgesetz“ in Germany, which will come into force in January 2022. The main aim of the amendment is to increase the collection rate of e-waste and thus also improve recycling performance. The desired effect is to be achieved with the help of an expansion of collection points, in particular the inclusion of certified primary treatment facilities and retailers.
The amendment also introduces an obligation for supermarkets. As a result, electronics retailers and supermarkets will be obliged to take back old equipment up to an edge length of 25 centimeters free of charge.. Beyond that, customers do not have to buy an equivalent new device from the retailer. The free take-back of larger appliances (>25 cm), on the other hand, will continue to be linked to the simultaneous purchase of a new appliance.
In addition, the revised version of the ElektroG also aims to involve online retailers more closely. For example, the obligation to collect an old appliance free of charge when shipping a new appliance will be stipulated.
Another change is that in the future, certified primary treatment facilities will be allowed to take back old equipment voluntarily and free of charge, even without being commissioned by manufacturers, distributors or municipalities.
Many other new regulations go hand in hand with the amendment.
Why this amendment?
In Germany, collection rates for e-waste were only 43 percent in 2018. To achieve the new minimum quota of 65 percent, which has been in effect since last year, the collection volume must be increased by around 500,000 tons.
What will change for you?
In our webinar (DE), we would like to give you an understanding of the details and changes, especially with regard to the previously applicable law. In addition, we are particularly interested in highlighting the new law from a wide variety of perspectives in order to provide you with the best possible information.
The main contents of the webinar therefore include the following:
The ElektroG 2020:
– Current legal basis according to ElektroG in Germany
ElektroG as of January 2022:
– Extension of producer obligations
– Additional collection rights for waste management companies
– Obligations of stationary trade – consumer electronics stores, supermarkets from the food retail sector and furniture stores
– Liability for fulfillment service providers and electronic marketplaces
Participate free of charge and without obligation in the webinar of our brand CIRECON, which takes care of the circular economy of waste electrical equipment.
Did you ever ask yourself, what happens to your data on your disposed devices? Scroll down, follow the link and learn what happens with your data.
In connection with the e-waste expo we published an article on the topic “Data security and e-waste: how does it work together?” Furthermore, we gave a presentation on this topic, which you can download free of charge as a full version. Download now.
The main reason for the very dynamic growth of electronic waste is the ongoing digitalization and shorter product life cycles of all types of consumer devices. We asked ourselves: Why can’t the problem simply be used as part of the solution?
Digitization as support for the data-safe disposal of electronic waste. The technical solutions available today and the willingness of all market participants should lead to a well-documented handling of all electronic waste. All we have to do is close the data gap within the recycling process and choose the right solutions and partners to manage this end-of-life process. This is exactly what we do!
To know more about this topic, read the whole article here.
Regensburg, 13.11.2020: Today our survey to the topic electrical waste disposal in private households went on-line. Click here, scroll down and take part!
What is it about? In German households 32 million tons of electrical waste store, resulted in an inquiry of the Bitkom 2018. That is a whole beautiful quantity. But why? This is exactly what we would like to find out with our current survey, namely why most of us do not part with our old electrical appliances, but keep them at home. Due to the still very low recycling rate, important and rare raw materials are lost and storing them even poses risks for humans! You can find out more about this on our social media channels and our website.
Who can participate? Everybody! The survey is designed in such a way that really every vote counts.
Is it free and anonymous? Yes! The survey is 100% free and without obligation. You can participate without giving your name, address or e-mail address. Furthermore you don’t have to register.
How long does the participation take? Answering the questions takes only 5 minutes.
How do I find out the results? As soon as we have completed the study, we will post the results on our news-site.
Regensburg, 25.11.2020: In connection with the sustainability weeks on gong fm, we took part in the morning show on gong fm! In accordance with our latestsurvey on the “electronic waste disposal in private households”, we presented this topic and told the listeners more about the importance on their participation.
The recycling rates of electronic waste are still less than satisfactory. Why do you still keep your old electrical appliances at home? Are you afraid that your data will fall into the wrong hands or that the old devices will be recycled illegally? Or do you rather have a problem with the fact that recycling centers have unfavorable opening hours?
Basically it is important for us to know: What can be done to make it easier for all of us to put the old devices back where they belong to… back into the cycle!
,,Hey there, Waste Man here’’ – with our superhero we learned many different things about e-waste and recycling for several weeks.
Unfortunately the knowledge of our society about e-waste is still very low and that’s why Waste Man has made it its mission to educate, explain and show what this topic entails.
According to the newest data of the Global E-waste monitor from 2019 about 53 million tons of e-waste had been generated by all of us globally. Only 17,4% are collected and documented correctly and the rest of data is lost and no one knows, what happened to those e-waste units.
With the support of the Waste man, our social media campaign #whattheschrott will show you what e-waste means, how to dispose of it correctly and why recycling is a big step to a sustainable future with a green planet. Together against illegal garbage disposal!
Check out our social media channels to learn more about the whole campaign. The posts are in german – if you don’t understand several things feel free to send us a private message.
To ensure that we can continue to provide you with competent advice on the basis of the latest legal requirements concerning waste electrical and electronic equipment, we invest in the ongoing training of our employees.
Recently, our project manager Christine Gering took part in the state-approved event of the TÜV Süd for the proof of expertise according to §9 Abs. 1 Nr. 3 AbfBeauftrV to gain all knowledge of an appointed waste management officer within a company.
We would be pleased to advise you on topics such as:
Legal bases for waste management activities according to the German Recycling Management Act (KrWG) and Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)
Europe-wide WEEE directive for waste electrical and electronic equipment for product responsibility and waste prevention
Documented disposal of waste according to the requirements of the Ordinance on Waste Recovery and Disposal Records (NachweisV) and keeping a waste register
Waste characteristics and classification of waste according to the Waste Catalogue Ordinance (AVV)
Disposal techniques by certified specialist disposal companies according to EfbV
100 years ago, if you stood outside at night, you could enjoy a bright and endless starry sky. Today, however, even at night the sky never seems completely dark and felt, we see only a fraction of the stars. But what is the reason for this? Why is the sky often simply black, especially in large cities like New York or Tokyo?
The reason is the increasing light pollution of the earth. The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light – known as light pollution – can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. Light pollution is a side effect of industrial civilization. Its sources include building exterior and interior lighting, advertising, commercial properties, offices, factories, streetlights, and illuminated sporting venues
This also has glorious consequences for humans: Nighttime lighting can upset the hormone balance
and throw the internal clock out of kilter.
The fact is that much outdoor lighting used at night is inefficient, overly bright, poorly targeted, improperly shielded, and, in many cases, completely unnecessary. This light, and the electricity used to create it, is being wasted by spilling it into the sky, rather than focusing it on to the actual objects and areas that people want to be illuminated.
phenomenon has many negative effects on us and our environment. The
light pollution has an influence on the nocturnal wildlife, on plant and animal
physiology. The rhythm of life is orchestrated by the natural diurnal patterns
of light and dark; so disruption to these patterns impacts the ecological
With respect to adverse health effects, many species, especially humans, are dependent on the natural body, which is regulated by light and dark (e.g. day and night). The light pollution can lead to sleep disorders and other health problems such as increased headaches, worker fatigue, medically defined stress. And ties are being found to a couple of types of cancer.
A world atlas of light pollution published by an international team of scientists has shown how massively artificial lighting now illuminates the night sky worldwide. In Europe and the USA, 99 percent of the population already suffer from light pollution.
,,The night is disappearing more and more. Every year the intensity of artificially generated light increases by almost 2% (2017). “The next generation will not find a single spot in all of Europe where the Milky Way can be seen and recognized with the naked eye, and that is dramatic.” – Harald Bardenhagen
Why not switch off for a moment?
Of course, each of us can change a small part in protecting our world. But even a small action can make a big difference. E-waste includes not only your old smartphone, a television or the broken washing machine but also any kind of illuminants. Don’t forget: Everything that now contributes to light pollution does not only leave its footprint on our earth during use. No, even if the electronics no longer work, we are still faced with a problem that is at least as big: Electrical waste. Digitalisation and progress is one side. The increasing electronic waste and light pollution is the other side of the coin.
We must manage to combine these two things. A sustainable future held by digitalization. Only a combination of the two components will make it possible to reduce our footprint on the earth. We have developed software that makes it easier for traders, producers and therefore also consumers to ensure a circular economy in the field of electronic waste.
CIRECON has digitalised the waste streams with the help of CIRIS, the reporting and information program.
Why do we always talk
about what will be possible in the future? We as CIRECON change things. And we
do it now. We are a young tree with strong roots. Let’s grow together.
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