Repairability of appliances

In November, the European Parliament and the European Commission addressed an initiative to simplify the repairability of appliances. They want more systematic and cost-effective repairs, extended warranties, and greater access to spare parts and repair manuals. One instrument to achieve this goal is the acceptance of Acceptable Product Designs Directive, i.e. The Eco-design Directive, which …

Specifically about the circular economy

Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, mag. Andrej Vizjak, addressed the participants of the Adria Innovation Day 2020. Coference is dedicated to the transfer of knowledge and good practices in the field of raw materials between companies, research institutions and universities. One of the important areas of implementation of the EU Green Deal strategy …

Response to the collection campaign of used appliances in Celje

In the company Simbio, they are satisfied with the response of the citizens to the prize game “Submit a still working device to the reuse corner” at the collection center in Bukovzlak. Households that use Simbio services can participate in the prize draw. The main prize is the payment of monthly bills for municipal waste …

Extending the service life of appliances

In 2019, the European Commission adopted new guidelines for eco-design of products. Eco-design measures come into force in 2021, apply to large household appliances (LHA). The guidelines are intended to facilitate reuse, upgrading and recycling. Consumers can also take care of extending their lifespan with proper maintenance and repairs. We usually buy large kitchen appliances …

Urban mining

Traditional mining is carried out underground, i.e. city ​​or urban mining is carried out above the earth’s surface, by extracting materials from telephones, batteries, chargers and other e-waste. This form of mining can create more value and has a higher return on investment than traditional mining. E-waste has up to 100 times higher concentration of …

Introductory meeting of the coordination group for the regulation of e-equipment reuse

On Wednesday, 28 October 2020, an online meeting of the Coordination Group for the Reuse of 2nd hand e-equipment was held. Representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, the Market Inspectorate of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, the Chamber of Electronic and Electrical Industry, the …

3rd International e-waste day

Under the auspices of the international association of e-waste collection schemes WEEE forum, the 3rd International E-Waste Day is taking place this year, which focuses on educating young people. Due to the consequences of the pandemic, organized events are taking place mainly online – Article 1, Article 2 of Recycling Magazine. You can find more …

An example of good practice in a WEEE system for reuse

AERESS – The Spanish Association for the Recovery of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Madrid, through the Circular Signal for WEEE initiative, # UnImpulsoRedondo-RAEE, is taking over and preparing redundant appliances for reuse. Their way of working is beautifully shown in the video, the translation of which was made possible by the social enterprise …

Collection of e-waste by mail

The Australian Post, in collaboration with the state-owned recycler of computers, computer equipment and televisions TechCollect, has set up a new way of handing over old mobile phones and computers – the state-owned TechExpress service. Under the new scheme, consumers can store old equipment in a bag or box and deliver it as a shipment …

Symposium participation – Transition to a circular economy through industry 4.0

The Slovenian Toolmaking Development Center TECOS organized an expertise conference on its premises on September 10th. Participants were proffesionals from the research and industrial environment, who shared their knowledge, experience and competencies in the field of circular economy. The umbrella theme of the event was the Slovenian industry of the future, and the emphasis of …