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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: 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

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 – –



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.


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!

Cargo Band Members – RoRec Ambassadors

Posted on: Nov 15, 2014 by Alexandra Scutaru

On October 30th, 2014 we celebrated together with CARGO three years since they decided to become our ambassadors. The event took place at Arenele Romane, on the occasion of the “Witches Night” concert organized on the Halloween night.

RoRec Association and the members of Cargo offered double invitations to the most responsible consumers who called up TelVerde 0800 444 800 between 10-25 October and requested a free pick-up of at least 50 kg of e-waste.

Here there are some testimonials of our friends who collected WEEE with us and joined us for the event:

Ion Roxana: “I loved the concert and it was a pleasant surprise to find out that the Cargo members are the ambassadors of the Romanian Recycling Association. Thank you for the invitation and keep up the good work!”

Ion Cristina: “Sen-sa-tional! I enjoyed myself at the concert, thank you for the invitation, it was wonderful! Congrats for what the Romanian Recycling Association is doing for us and thanks again for helping me dispose of the e-waste from home!”

Vaduva Maria Luiza: “The guys from Cargo were at height, as usual! Congratulations for their supporting RoRec’s fight with the e-waste.  It made me appreciate them even more. I wish you best of luck for the future as well!”

Thanks to all those who were and will be along our side! Recycling Rocks! Cargo Rocks!

15,000 children restart the e-waste collection race for the new school year

Posted on: Oct 22, 2014 by Alexandra Scutaru

More than 15,000 students and 700 teachers make up the national team that continues the WEEE separate collection campaign in Romania, during 2014-2015 school years. Hundreds of teachers in Bucharest and all over the counties registered their schools and students for the fourth edition of the national program for environment education Recycling Patrol.

Alongside their coordinating teachers, the Patrols’ agents throughout the country are preparing their information and awareness raising strategy to help people understand how they can reduce pollution and protect the environment by responsibly discarding e-waste.

This year the Local Patrols aspire to fulfill again their objective to become national winners: to convince people to collect and send to recycling at least 50 grams of WEEE/ inhabitant of the county (or Bucharest), by 30 August 2015. The children can reach this target only with the help of the Supporters – companies, organizations and consumers who responsibly disposed of e-waste on the account of the Patrols.

By 30 august 2015, each of us has the opportunity to support the teachers and children of the Local Recycling Patrol to become national winners. We can show them that we respect their values and that we can follow their example by disposing of e-waste from storages, offices, homes with one phone call at the Green Line (Telverde) 0800 444 800 (free call from any network) or by bringing it to WEEE drop-off points set up by RoRec Association all over the country.

The Recycling Patrol Day in Bihor – 600 children celebrated national prize win

Posted on: Oct 13, 2014 by Alexandra Scutaru

Bihor’s Recycling Patrol celebrated its performance at Oradea Shopping City, on Friday, October 10th. More than 600 children, parents and teachers – national winners of 2013-2014 edition of the environmental education program Recycling Patrol got together for the first time at the Recycling Patrol Day to share the joy of their success with an “explosive” party, animated by Los Hermanos Dinamita.

The students and teachers in Bihor have brought the national prize in their county ever since their first participation in the program! During the 2013-2014 school year the 33 teacher representing as many school units and more than 600 children organized tens of actions to inform their communities how important is to separately collect WEEE. Bihor’s Recycling Patrol convinced the consumers to send to recycling more than 50 g of WEEE/inhabitant of the county during November 2013 – August 2014.

The Recycling Patrol is back with a new edition and we are looking forward to see their results!

RoRec Association and Carrefour invite you to separately collect WEEE!

Posted on: Oct 10, 2014 by Alexandra Scutaru

Between 9 October-31 December 2014, the consumers in Bucureşti, Braşov, Buzău, Brăila, Botoşani, Constanţa, Cluj-Napoca, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Focşani, Galaţi, Iaşi, Oradea, Ploieşti, Piteşti, Suceava, Sibiu and Târgu Jiu, who will request a free pick-up from home of large and heavy appliances by calling up the Green Line (TelVerde) 0800 444 800, will receive Carrefour  shopping vouchers in exchange for large cooling appliances, washing machines or dish washing machines, clothes dryers, air conditioner appliances, according to the campaign regulation.

The Carrefour vouchers can be used for shopping in Carrefour hypermarkets in Romania for any type of products by 31 March 2015.

Green Line (TelVerde) 0800 444 800 is a national free service, daily available between 09.00-17.00 hours, for orders of free pick-up of large or heavy WEEE from home or headquarters. The number is accessible from any phone network.

For more information you can read the campaign regulation - Regulament TelVerde-Carrefour 6.10 – 31.12.2014

The Green Line 0800 444 800 sends you to Cargo’s concert!

Posted on: Oct 8, 2014 by Alexandra Scutaru

Bucharest, October 8th, 2014 – The Romanian Recycling Association – RoRec alongside the members of Cargo band, its recycling ambassadors, invite you to use the WEEE collection service by calling up the Green Line (TelVerde) 0800 444 800 and enter the campaign that brings you a double invitation to Cargo’s concert WITCHES NIGHT, on October 30, at Arenele Romane in Bucharest!

Between 10-25 October 2014, the first 50 consumers in Bucuresti and Ilfov who call up the Green Line (TelVerde) 0800 444 800 and request a pick-up of at least 50 kg of WEEE will receive a double invitation la Cargo’s concert, on October 30th, at Arenele Romane. The campaign is addressed to Bucharest and Ilfov consumers interested in separately collecting WEEE and celebrating Halloween together with Cargo.

For more information, read the campaign regulation Regulament _Recycling Rocks-Cargo_7