Since 1930 in Europe, we use every year more and more devices powered by electricity. At first, it was small items such as reading lamps, radios or small appliances. With technological development appeared washing machines, vacuum cleaners, televisions and phones… Eighty-five years later, each and every household in Europe has an average of 35 objects or electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

Evolution of the average number of electronic devices per household in Europe:

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

0

Firsts appliances

Equipped kitchens

Internet

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2010

2015

Among the 35 electronic items we have on average at home today, 4 are WEEE (Wastes of Electrical and Electronic Equipments) in a word, electronic objects at the end of their life cycle.

Among those 4 WEEE, only one will go through recycling.

Quantity of EEE

(244 Kg)

Quantity of WEEE

(24 Kg)

Quantity of recycled WEEE

(6.9 Kg)

Sources: Widmer, R (2005). "Global perspectives on e-waste". Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 25(5).

Among those 35 electronic objects, 4 are WEEE (Wastes of Electrical and Electronic Equipments) in a word, electronic objects at the end of their life cycle.

Among those 4 WEEE, only one will go through recycling.

(244 Kg)

Quantity of EEE

(24 Kg)

Quantity of WEEE

(6.9 Kg)

Quantity of recycled WEEE

Sources: Widmer, R (2005). "Global perspectives on e-waste". Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 25(5).

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WEEE recycling prevents pollution and protects health.

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WEEE recycling prevents pollution and protects health.

Effects of WEEE's most hazardous substances on the human body:

Those six substances spread in nature when WEEE are discarded in landfills. Compared to air pollution or arsenic, these substances are more hazardous to humans beings and animals.

Sources: Daya & Paine (2001). "Mechanisms of chromium toxicity, carcinogenicity and allergenicity…". Human & Experimental Toxicology.  ·· Clifton (2007). "Mercury exposure and public health". Pediatric Clinics of North America. ·· Quinete et al (2014). "Occurrence & distribution of PCB metabolites in blood…". Environmental Science and Pollution Research International.

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Recycling generates jobs.

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Recycling generates jobs

The more we recycle WEEE, the more we generate jobs.

When the average of recycled Wastes of Electrical and Electronic Equipments increases, jobs are created to manage the matching amount of wastes.

One additional recyled WEEE in each European household could allow for 45,000 jobs to be created.

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Recycling saves raw materials.

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Recycling saves raw materials.

Each year at a global level, we cumulate nearly 50 million tons of WEEE.

Through the recycling of those 50 million tons of WEEE, the generated raw materials would allow the eco-responsible and sustainable creation of millions of objects: smartphones, computers, cars, bikes, public benches…

The more we recycle, the less we'll need to use natural resources.

Preservation of natural resources

The more we recycle, the less we'll need to use natural resources.

Preservation of natural resources

Using the raw materials from WEEE recycling, we conserve the natural resources by reducing mining and extractions.

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