National Inspection Campaign

October 14th, 2021

to detect electrical equipment deviations

The three Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Waste Compliance Schemes – Electrão, ERP Portugal and E-Cycle – will join forces with the Portuguese Environment Agency and the General Directorate of Economic Activities in a nationwide campaign aimed at detecting used electrical equipment deviations.

The strategy of this National Campaign for the Inspection of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment was presented this Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Loures, with the presence of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Inês Costa, and the Secretary of State for Commerce, Services and Consumer Protection, João Torres. The objective of this initiative is to monitor, using GPS, the route of used electrical equipment, from the moment they are placed in the collection channels, identifying deviations to the parallel market in order to facilitate the carrying out of inspection actions.

In total, 50 GPS units will be placed by the three electrical equipment waste compliance schemes with a higher market value, such as refrigerators, washing machines and computer towers, which will be distributed through various channels: municipal channel, distribution and their own collection networks. The project will be developed over a year in 12 Portuguese municipalities, and will be financed by the three compliance schemes, according to their respective market shares.

This action, promoted by the three compliance, fits into the WEEE Action Plan, set in motion by the Government in 2020 and which intends to act in areas considered crucial for the correction of the problems identified in this specific flow, aiming at achieving the ambitious goals imposed at community level and the adoption of adequate environmental and competitive practices. The objective of this action is to combat the parallel market: one of the biggest problems of this specific waste stream. Many of the used electrical equipment diverted from the formal circuit to the parallel market are transformed into metallic scrap, in processes that do not prevent its decontamination, which has serious consequences for human health and the environment.

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