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Recycling School and Ecological Film Festival, at Ploiești

Posted on: Jun 8, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

On the occasion of the International Environment Day, Ploiesti City Hall, by its Autonomous Administration of Public Services Ploiești (RASPP), together with the Romanian Recycling Association – RoRec organized the competition “Recycling School” and the Ecological Film Festival where the best films received awards.

A drawing competition entitled “Easel and WEEE” was also organized at the Fine Arts High School “Carmen Sylva” in Ploiești. The most appreciated works received prizes and they will be the subject of an online exhibition on RoRec’s website.

RoRec Association, Green partner at the 7th edition of Focus Sibiu

Posted on: May 15, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

Starting May 21st 2015RoRec Association invites you at the 7th edition of Press Photography Exhibition Focus Sibiu, as Green partner of the event. 55 political, cultural, sports and social events are the subject of this year’s exhibition. Silvana Armat, Sebastian Marcovici and their guest, Dragoș Dumitru, tell in photos the story of Sibiu in 2014.

Focus Sibiu will be launched on the 21st of May, 19.00 hours, in the Inner Yard of Sibiu City Hall.  The exhibition will be open between 21 May – 1 June, every working day, between 08.00-16.00 hours, in the Inner Yard of Sibiu City Hall. Photos from previous editions can be seen at www.Facebook.com/FocusSibiu.

Focus Sibiu is part of the International Photography Festival  Focus Sibiu, to take place in October. The festival will include 20 exhibitions of Romanian and international photographers. The Recycling Patrol  will be the subject of one of the special exhibitions.

The Public institution in Bistrița Năsăud reached the national collection target – 4 kg of WEEE/civil servant!

Posted on: May 13, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

To mark the 10 year celebration since Romania signed the Treaty of Accession to the EU, APM (Environment Protection Agency) Bistrița, alongside the Romanian Recycling Association and Bistriţa Năsăud Prefecture organized a WEEE collection campaign within the public institutions of Bistriţa Năsăud County.

The campaign took place between 29 April – 9 May 2015 and 13 public institutions  participated, separately collecting 8,368 kg of e-waste.

The entire amount of WEEE collected from more than 2,000 civil servants  of 13 public institutions in Bistrița-Năsăud represents  the reached European target of 4 kg of WEEE DEEE/inhabitant, within this campaign.

”With a phone we can make one million!”

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

We all can contribute to the ecological record of the youngsters in the Recycling Patrol, only by disposing of e-waste! The children and their teachers participating in the national environmental education program the Recycling Patrol have so far convinced people in their community to collect more than 850,000 kg of WEEE. 

The Patrol’s members launch an appeal to every one of us to dispose of e-waste by making a free call to the Green Line 0800 444 800. With the help of Supporters, the Recycling Patrol will soon reach one million of collected WEEE at the national level.

By using the Green Line service, we all contribute to the local Patrol teams’ chance to win a national prize.

There are a few “bonuses”, such as: by this gesture, we all contribute to a new record in the environmental education in Romania. Then, we prove that we can respect the European environment protection standards. Also, we dispose of dangerous e-waste legally and responsibly and we stand side by side with the young people fighting for the environmental cause, offering a good example for the people around us. 

The companies and organizations can get the status of Official Supporter of the Recycling Patrol if they choose to take out of stock electrical items on the account of the Patrol and if they convey the children’s ecological message. The Recycling Patrol is a social responsibility project, with no costs for every company or organization.

The weight of global e-waste reached a record level in 2014

Posted on: Apr 21, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

In 2014, people worldwide discarded 41.8 million metric tonnes (megatonnes – Mt) of electrical and electronic products, compared to 39.8 million metric tonnes in 2013, according to a report compiled by the United Nations University (UNU). And the volume of e-waste is expected to rise by 21% to 50 million Mt in 2018.

Just 7% of e-waste last year was made up of mobile phones, calculators, personal computers, printers, and small information technology equipment.

Almost 60% was a mix of large and small equipment used in homes and businesses, consisting of:

  • 12.8 Mt of small equipment (vacuum cleaners, microwaves, toasters, electric shavers, video cameras, etc.);
  • 11.8 Mt of large equipment (washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, electric stoves, photovoltaic panels, etc.);
  • 7.0 Mt of cooling and freezing equipment (temperature exchange equipment);
  • 6.3 Mt of screens;
  • 3.0 Mt of small IT (mobile phones, pocket calculators, personal computers, printers, etc.); and
  • 1.0 Mt of lamps

The 41.8 Mt weight of last year’s e-waste is comparable to that of 1.15 million 40-ton 18-wheel trucks — enough to form a line of trucks 23,000 kilometres long, or the distance from New York to Tokyo and back.

Less than one-sixth of last year’s e-waste is thought to have been diverted to proper recycling and reuse.

The e-waste generated in 2014 contained an estimated 16,500 kilotons of iron, 1,900 kilotons of copper, 300 tonnes of gold (equal to 11% of the world’s total 2013 gold production), as well as silver, aluminum, palladium plastic and other resources with a combined estimated value of US$52 billion (48 billion Euro).

Toxins in that e-waste, meanwhile, include 2.2 Mt of lead glass — more than six times the weight of the Empire State Building — 0.3 Mt of batteries, as well as mercury, cadmium, chromium and 4,400 tonnes of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs). Health problems associated with such toxins include impaired mental development, cancer, and damage to liver and kidneys.

And while the US and China produce the most e-waste overall (32% of the world’s total), the top per capita producers by far are the wealthy nations of northern and western Europe, the top five being Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, and the UK.

Selected highlights:

  • In 2014, approximately 4 billion people were covered by national e-waste legislation (though not all laws cover the full range of e-waste and are not all enforced);
  • Around 6.5 Mt of e-waste was reported as formally treated by national take-back systems;
  • Most world e-waste in 2014 was generated in Asia: 16 Mt (3.7 kg per inhabitant);
  • The highest per inhabitant e-waste quantity (15.6 kg/inh.) was generated in Europe; the region (including Russia) generated 11.6 Mt;
  • The lowest quantity of e-waste was generated in Oceania (0.6 Mt), however, per inhabitant the e-waste generated was nearly as high as Europe’s (15.2 kg/inh.);
  • The lowest amount of e-waste per inhabitant was generated in Africa (1.7 kg/inh). The continent generated 1.9 Mt of e-waste in total;
  • The Americas generated 11.7 Mt of e-waste (7.9 Mt in North America, 1.1 Mt in Central America, 2.7 Mt in South America), or an average of 12.2 kg/inh;

Source: http://unu.edu/media-relations/releases/discarded-kitchen-laundry-bathroom-equipment-comprises-over-half-of-world-e-waste-unu-report.html#info

Spring cleaning: Commission takes 6 member states to court

Posted on: Mar 31, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

The European Commission has decided today to refer 6 Members States to the EU Court of Justice: Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.

In all, the Commission has taken 98 decisions, including 11 reasoned opinions and 8 referrals to the European Union’s Court of Justice.

The European Commission is referring Hungary to the Court for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this directive EU Member States must meet certain energy savings targets from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. They have to do this by using energy efficiency obligations schemes or other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, buildings, industry and transport sectors. Member States had to transpose the obligations of that Directive by 5 June 2014.

Germany is taken to Court over its failure to apply the requirements of the Habitats Directive in relation to the authorisation of a coal power plant in Hamburg/Moorburg. The project in question risks having a negative impact on a number of protected fish species including salmon,  which pass near the power plant when migrating from the North Sea to some 30 Natura 2000 sites on the Elbe, upstream of Hamburg. The species are harmed by the water abstraction process used to cool the power plant.

The United Kingdom is taken to Court over its failure to ensure that urban waste water is adequately treated in 17 agglomerations. In the EU, Member States need adequate collection and treatment systems for urban waste water, as untreated water poses risks to human health, inland waters and the marine environment.

The Commission refers Slovenia to Court for failure to clean up highly flammable waste tyres. The case concerns an illegal landfill in Lovrenc na Dravskem polju, where more than 40 000 tons of waste have been stored since 2006. Large fires broke out at this location in 2007 and 2008.

There are three successive stages in such cases of infringements: a letter of formal notice, a reasoned opinion and a referral to the European Court of Justice. If, despite the ruling, a country still fails to act, the commission may open a further infringement case and can propose that the court imposes financial penalties based on the duration and severity of the infringement and the size of the country. In the case of Hungary, for instance, while being referred to the Court, the Commission proposes a daily penalty of 15,444 € per day.

Source: http://www.neurope.eu/article/spring-cleaning-commission-takes-6-member-states-court by Dan Alexe

A new project for promoting social inclusion of people belonging to vulnerable groups launched at Alba Iulia

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

Alba Iulia, February 10th, 2015 – The Romanian Recycling Association RoRec, in partnership with the Order of Malta Relief Organisation in Romania and Alba Iulia Municipality launched a new project co-financed by the European Social Fund, through the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013, aimed at promoting social inclusion by social economy development.

On Tuesday, February 10th 2015, the project “Increasing the opportunities for social inclusion by setting up Structures of Social Economy for people belonging to vulnerable groups from three development regions of Romania” was launched. The overall objective of the project is to improve the professional situation of 64 people, offering the opportunity for a working place within 8 Structures of Social Economy (SES) set up in the Western, Central and North-Eastern regions of Romania. The target group will be offered support to identify professional needs and interests to improve their living standards. All 64 selected people will receive information and counselling services and subsequently 43 people, out of which 29 from vulnerable groups, will be hired to work in these 8 SES and will benefit from on the job training.

The 8 Structures of Social Economy activating in the field of collecting, sorting and recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) will be set up in Alba Iulia City, Hunedoara City, Sibiu City, Scheia (Suceava City), Harman (Brasov City), Sancraiu de Munte (Tg Mures City), Sacalaz (Timisoara City) and Oituz (Bacau City). The three partners of the project – RoRec Association, the Order of Malta Relief Organisation in Romania and Alba Iulia Municipality – ensure complementary expertise areas that will contribute to the successful development of the implementation regions, as well as to the improvement of the professional life of the employees and their dependents and furthermore to building up an innovative and flexible model of job creation for people belonging to vulnerable groups.

The Recycling Patrol, a new record of WEEE collection with the help of Supporters

Posted on: Jan 26, 2015 by Alexandra Scutaru

The Recycling Patrol chalked up another record: over 130,000 kg of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) were collected in 2014 with the help of the Supporters!

Starting March 2014, The Recycling Patrol Supporters – companies and institutions from across the country disposed of obsolete electrical appliances and encouraged their employees and partners to follow their example in order to support the children and teachers of the local Recycling Patrol.

Cristian Oprea, Project Manager explains this above-expectations success:
”We started in full strength the new edition! The first three months we collected the largest amount for this period since the beginning of the program in 2011, due to our Supporters. As they assumed more and more ambitious tasks, the agents of the Patrol ”knocked at the door” of companies and institutions that have e-waste to dispose of and more importantly, where people work, cooperate and motivate each other. Organizations where an act can inspire an entire community. The Supporters  team extended nationwide slow and steady and significantly contributed to the successes we proudly highlight. The power of their example is the most valuable gain. This fact proves to every one of us how simple it can be to do a good deed for the nature and the community.”

bauMax is 2014 top Supporter! The company disposed of 12,000 kg of WEEE and contributed to the success of the Patrols who won the national awards at the 2013-2014 edition. ”We would like to bring our contribution to the educational mission to boost responsibility among children and teachers so that they can promote recycling at a large scale. Separate collection means responsibility against the environment and an important step towards a better life for all of us” said Marius Tănase, bauMax representative.

Other companies as well gave as good as they got. SC Ciurezu SRL/Vâlcea, Tonis Trade/ Constanța, SC Dunărea SA and Comcereal/Brăila and Panalim/ Sibiu disposed each of over one tonne of e-waste on the account of the Patrol.
Traditional partners of the program – the National Agency of Public Servants, local Education Boards, local offices of the Environment Guard, media partners AGERPRES and Radio 3Net ”Florian Pittiș” – became Supporters and inspired several other public institutions to follow their example.
Impressive contributions came from schools that although were not members in the program joined their colleagues’ efforts of awareness raising and collection with great satisfaction.

”By September 2015 we plan to reach 1,000,000 kg of e-waste collected by the Recycling Patrol since the program was launched, and all premises are favorable”, announces Andreea Idriceanu, Communication Manager, RoRec Association.

The companies, institutions, schools and consumers  can dispose of e-waste at the collecting points spread all over the country, by calling up the Green Line 0800 444 800 (free of charge call from all networks) or by writing to suporterpatrula@rorec.org.

Every consumer disposing of e-waste contributes to raising children’s chances to win one of the national awards.

RoRec Association, partner in Structural Funds’ Gala

Posted on: Dec 16, 2014 by Alexandra Scutaru

The Romanian Recycling Association – RoRec took part on Monday, December 15th, in the Structural Funds’ Gala, as a partner. The event was organized by the Representation of the European Commission in Romania and Structural Consulting Group – www.fonduri-structurale.ro – www.proiecte-structurale.ro.

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At the gala, the organizers awarded the most successful Romanian projects financed by structural funds and that brought real changes in the life of people and local communities. RoRec Association granted a Special Award at the Infrastructure… on the catwalk! section to the project  the Residential Centre for medical-social assistance for aged persons in the village Racoviță, Dâmbovița county of the Association Suflet pentru Oameni (Soul for people).

By this project a center was built at European standards for the care of aged people who suffer from neurological disorders. RoRec Association showed its appreciation and support for this project by offering as award a professional Whirlpool washing machine.

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We are offering this prize hoping that by our small gesture we will contribute to bringing more light and comfort in the life of the aged persons from this center and that we will facilitate the work of the personnel taking care of them, who deserve all our respect. At the same time, we hope that our example will be followed by all those who care about the people around and want to make positive changes”, said during the award ceremony Gabriela Tranciuc, PR and Communication Project Manager of RoRec Association.

You can find more photos from the event here.

The National Agency of Civil Servants and the Recycling Patrol – a special partnership, for the community

Posted on: Nov 28, 2014 by Alexandra Scutaru

We wrote a new episode of the already traditional partnership with the National Agency of Civil Servants (ANFP).

On Wednesday, November 26th, Andreea Idriceanu, RoRec Communication Manager, Gabriela Tranciuc, PR & Communication Project Manager and Alexandra Arnăutu, Program Manager, represented you at the 7th edition of the Annual Conference  ”Innovation and Quality in the Public Sector” organized by ANFP.

We talked to the local authorities and the public organizations about the results and successes of the Recycling Patrols all over the country, to which some of them have already contributed! We presented the way in which you, teachers and agents of the Patrol, succeeded in mobilizing the communities you live in to become more responsible and careful about the environment.

You received words of praise and encouragement including from international partners, who commended your initiative and importance placed on the cooperation with public institutions and the community.   ”If you want to work fast, work alone. If you want to work far, work together!” conveyed Lisbeth Iversen, representative of Arendal Municipality, Norway.

With the help of ANFP who launched an appeal to the organizations of the public administration, we earned many supporters in this sector. ”Every action of the community counts. I am confident in the impact the society has upon environment protection and improvement of life quality. We support the Recycling Patrol and invite all organizations and authorities in Romania to join this project, to be ECO. I am positive that this support is important for our common success in generating visible signs of progress in the Romanian public administration system” said József Birtalan, ANFP President.

We hope that more and more public organizations will give this leadership example to their communities!