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New record from the Recycling Patrol: 6,000,000 kg of e-waste collected!

Posted on: Jun 14, 2019 by Alexandra Scutaru

Bucharest, June 12th  2019

The total amount of e-waste collected in Romania thanks to the teachers and volunteer students in the Recycling Patrol program (since it started in 2011) reaches a new record – 6 million kilograms! 

Schools are becoming more efficient in promoting responsible collection in Romania

At the 2018-2019 edition of the program, 485 educational units registered as Recycling Patrols and 150 Supporter Schools attended the program, helping their colleagues.

“The community response to the Patrol calls has begun to materialize in large quantities of e-waste. Since September 2018 until June 2019 more than 2,600,000 kg of defective electrical appliances have been sent to the recycling due to the program. It is the largest quantity collected in a similar period of time so far, and definitely contributed to the record of 6,000,000 kg collected in total. This confirms that our program makes a difference in environmental education, in the community and in the way people look at social responsibility, so we rely on you to go further together! ” said Andreea Idriceanu calev, Communication Manager of the RoRec Association. 

98 kindergartens, schools and high-schools win the local awards at the 8th Edition of the Recycling Patrol (“Supporters’ Edition”). They are the top volunteers who have mobilized their communities to recycle record amounts of WEEE.

The Recycling Patrol is a platform that successfully encourages the involvement of rural schools. One third of local winners are kindergartens, schools and high schools from villages and communes. For the children here, the program is a chance to prove their value, alongside schools in large cities.

 

When you do something good and show somebody that he can do the same, that person will also help others to understand that. That’s how we can become more, those who do the right thing, and thus we can really change something, “says one of the young Patrol Agents.

The impressive rate of re-enrollment of schools in the Recycling Patrol proves, first of all, that the

program is an appreciated experience for students and teachers. It also proves that their information and awareness raising activity is increasingly convincing families, businesses and authorities to properly discard defective or old electrical appliances.

Supporters – companies and institutions that dispose of WEEE – will decide who takes the national awards in the autumn

And the edition is not over, but it goes into the decisive stage for the national awards!

National awards will be granted to local teams who will contribute to the collection of the largest quantities of WEEE/inhabitant in their county.

So, during the summer, the e-waste sent to recycling by consumers and organisations will count for the final awards of this edition. Those wishing to help students can dispose of e-waste very easy by calling the free of charge Green Line 0800 444 800 or by filling out the online form.

Thus, one of the largest and lasting environmental education programs in Romania continues with new performances and each of us is invited to contribute.

We are in full swing at EU Green Week 2019

Posted on: Apr 9, 2019 by Alexandra Scutaru

We are in full swing at EU Green Week 2019. What makes the air in a city cleaner? What makes a city quieter? What makes its nature bloom?

What makes it move? What makes its water safe? What makes it recycle more? What makes a European city “green”?

EU + YOU

We have responded to the European Commission’s call and take part in the EU Green Week 2019 mobilizing Bucharest to collect e-waste.

We want cleaner cities for a greener future.

Recycle all old or broken electrical appliances!

Join the EU Green Week movement and we will all enjoy a better life.

Bucharest is getting rid of e-waste, with the Patrol for Recycling, within the EU Green Week

40 schools from the Bucharest Recycling Patrol organize a massive mobilization for the collection of e-waste, as part of the EU Green Week initiative. Between 12 April and 30 May, kindergartens, schools and high schools in all districts of the capital will run campaigns to promote waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collection among residents, businesses and institutions in their neighborhoods.

Within the actions under the EU Green Week umbrella, the Recycling Patrol in Bucharest aims to mobilize the city to recycle at least 100,000 kg of WEEE.

Participating schools will open their doors to the public. All those who want to dispose of old or broken electrical and electronic appliances can bring them to these temporary collection points. Those who have large and heavy appliances have the option of requesting a free takeover directly from home or from headquarters via TelVerde 0800 444 800 or through the online form at patruladereciclare.ro/recicleaza.

The actions of the Recycling Patrol schools in Bucharest selected as EU Green Week Partner-Event

School actions were selected as partner-event of EU-Green Week 2019, an initiative of the European Commission. The EU Green Week 2019 will include events in all Member States. The aim of the project is to help us know and better understand European environmental legislation, but also to assess how we have implemented it. The collection and recycling of e-waste is a very important chapter in this area.

The impact of the Recycling Patrol program is indisputable in terms of public information, education and awareness raising. Children and teachers have succeeded each year in persuading their communities to collect more and more WEEE. Their performances continue to be a “plus” for Romania in front of the European Union. Signing up for the EU Green Week means that children’s success will have European resonance! “ said Alexandra Arnăutu, program manager.

Many benefits for your e-waste

All citizens, companies and institutions that will send e-waste to recycling during this period with the Bucharest Recycling Patrol can have more benefits: they get rid of e-waste free of charge, contribute to the results of children in the EU Green Week and support schools to win a national prize for the 2018-2019 edition of the program.

Volunteer students and teachers invite all consumers to bring old or broken  electrical appliances to their schools and send their requests for free pick-up from home or headquarters at TelVerde 0800 444 800 or www.patruladereciclare.ro/recicleaza.

The first actions will take place on 12, 13 and 18 April. Find more details at https://www.patruladereciclare.ro/noutati/.

5 Misconceptions about E-Waste Recycling

Posted on: Mar 18, 2019 by Alexandra Scutaru

Have you ever thought of making a battery salad? Take a few batteries, trim them … No, of course you did not. It’s absurd. They are not edible. They are even dangerous. If you see a child battling a battery, you jump as stung to blow it out of his hand. And yet, there is the risk of getting to “eat” the toxic substances from a battery without knowing it. How does that happen? Simple – when you throw the spent battery into the garbage.

When you throw the garbage, you have a feeling of satisfaction, right? Okay, I got it out of the house, I got rid of the mess, it’s clean. Wrong. The “house” of each of us stretches far behind the door or after the gate. The air, the water, the food we eat comes “after the gate”, from the environment that we believe will have an infinite capacity to eliminate our waste. It so does not.

The battery that is dumped does not disappear like magic. It reaches a landfill where the nickel, mercury, lead and other toxic substances it contains emanate in the air and enter the soil. Because everything is circular in nature, the waste that is not recycled will find the way back to us those who believe that we got rid of it the moment we took it out of the house.

But it is not the only wrong idea about recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). We publish, in Ziare.com, only a few of the most common misconceptions, from the experience of volunteers of the national environmental education program Recycling Patrol:

It can be done without me, it’s not my job

It’s too complicated to collect WEEE properly

It is better to keep the device and reuse it for other purposes

A piece of e-waste discarded does not matter

It’s okay to give the e-waste to whom pays better for it

You know them. You heard them. Read the whole article and find out the clearest arguments with which we can dismantle these prejudices.

100 years. 100 grams

Posted on: Dec 19, 2018 by Alexandra Scutaru

Bucharest, December 11, 2018. For the Centenary, the Recycling Patrol launches a new challenge of 100g for the collection of e-waste. Volunteer teachers and children chose to mark this historical moment with a call to responsibility and respect for the environment. At the Supporters’ Edition (2018-2019), local teams have a new objective to qualify for national awards: to mobilize their communities to recycle at least 100g of WEEE from each inhabitant of Romania until the end of the edition in August 2019.

This is the Recycling Patrol’s call:

We have celebrated 100 years since the Great Union. We value all the reasons that make us proud and optimistic. For 8 years, we, teachers and children from the Recycling Patrol are one of these reasons for our communities. We have contributed to the collection of over 3.5 million e-waste and to its recycling in a safe environment. We have encouraged people, institutions and businesses in hundreds of Romanian communities to adopt better habits, recycle more, pay more attention to the consequences of their actions. The way we live depends on what we do every day.

This year we want 100 grams from each of you!

100g WEEE care for our community and our nature.

100g WEEE respect for tradition and identity.

100g WEEE responsibility for future generations.

What does this mean? That EACH inhabitant, family, school, business or institution, EVERYBODY, from the neighbor to the corner shop, from the mayor to the employee should dispose of at least 100 GRAMS of e-waste, in the Patrol’s account, until 31 August 2019.

Any household, office or warehouse holds such waste – used batteries, lamps or old electrical and electronic appliances. So, each of you can help us by getting rid of these unnecessary items through our free local collection service (TelVerde 0800 444 800 or www.patruladereciclare.ro/recicleaza). Get started right now, at the holiday cleaning!

WEEE collection average in EU countries is 6 kg / inhabitant. This is the amount that every Romanian should ideally give to recycling every year. We still have a long way to go to reach this standard. We suggest that you take a first step – 100 grams of collected WEEE / inhabitant, hoping that you will continue with another 100, and 100 more, and so on.

Let’s give us another reason of pride! Let us prove we are able to respect our commitment and are capable of mobilization, solidarity, respect, care and responsibility.

Recycling Patrol “Champions” save the environment of 1,100,000 kg of e-waste

Posted on: Sep 14, 2018 by Alexandra Scutaru

Bucharest, September 13, 2018. Recycling Patrols in Ilfov, Argeş, Olt and Supporter-School Units in Timiş county win the National Championship Awards (2017-2018), as they mobilized their exemplary communities to collect waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

In total, volunteer children and teachers across the country have managed to convince Romanians to recycle more than 1,100,000 kilograms of e-waste, the largest amount of WEEE ever collected during a single edition.

Activities promoting WEEE collection organized by young people and teachers from schools enrolled in the program had a greater impact than ever before. Families, town halls, schools, firms and institutions reacted to volunteers’ call and handed over old or faulty electrical appliances to recycling, giving an example of civic behavior and environmental care.

The year that just ended well deserves the title of “Champions Edition”, abounding in records and performances. Thus, participating students and coordinating teachers:

  1. Contributed to the collection of 1,100,000 kg of WEEE – the largest amount of e-waste collected in a single edition;
  2. They have collected over 10,000 kg of batteries in a single edition, the equivalent of about 200,000 spent batteries (a particularly dangerous category of e-waste, most susceptible to get to landfill where toxic substances emit into soil, water and air);
  3. Have attracted more than 1000 companies, institutions and NGOs across the country to hand over e-waste to recycling and to contribute to public information and mobilization efforts;
  4. They won 137 local awards (out of 760 registered schools). The Champions’ Edition encouraged the participation of the best teams and the achievements were remarkable. In fact, one in five schools has been noted for involvement, originality and extraordinary results.

“The schools enrolled in the Recycling Patrol have proved to be a valuable asset to their communities. Children’s performances at the Champions’ Edition show that the young generation can successfully promote a society-wide responsible behavior, ” says Alexandra Arnautu, program manager.

Until now, in 2011, with 3,850 teachers and 110,000 children and students participating in the Recycling Patrol, 3,500,000kg of waste were collected and 5,500,000 people became more aware that the recycling of e-waste is a legal, moral obligation and a good habit to be practiced by each of us.

”How can we enjoy technological progress without harming the environment?” – RoRec Association @Urban Talks

Posted on: Aug 9, 2018 by Alexandra Scutaru

Technology is the main engine of evolution in modern society. Everything becomes “smart”, from phones, to watches, to home appliances, smart devices appear each day, that integrate the complex functions of the devices around us, making them more and more applied to the needs of modern man. This is the obvious reason for the increase in the number of electrical appliances predicted for the future. These are the premises of a “smart future” with “smart cities”, where technology is working for the welfare of society. And we support and enjoy it! But all of these modern devices and gadgets have a limited lifetime. Their number increases directly proportional to the evolution of technology. And the next question arise: what will we do with all these electrical appliances when they go out of use? How can we enjoy technological innovation without harming the environment?

This issue was addressed at the Urban Talks event, which brought together experts, ideas, solutions and projects on integrated, smart and sustainable urban development at Cluj Innovation Days, May 2018. Below you can follow the RoRec Association approach, through its communication manager, Andreea Calev Idriceanu, under the concept of  “Green Citizens for Smart Cities – People Before Tech“.

[BIZ Magazine] Recycling Champions

Posted on: Jul 16, 2018 by Alexandra Scutaru

For ten years, RoRec has not only been recycling electrical and electronic appliances, but also innovating to change mentalities and increase recycled quantities. Andreea Idriceanu, Communication Manager at RoRec, explains the impact of such an innovative project – the Recycling Patrol.

By Alexandru Ardelean

 

How does the Recycling Patrol work?

The Recycling Patrol Communication Team: Alexandra Arnăutu, Andreea Idriceanu, Ada Lungu and Gabriela Tranciuc

We must educate a responsible generation and create permanent hubs to promote the custom of e-waste separate collection in as many communities in Romania as possible. We need to increase the visibility of this issue, to talk about the proper collection of e-waste and to understand why it is important to do this. Through the Recycling Patrol we succeeded in creating a community that undertook the task of forming a generation of responsible young people, concerned about the environment, involved in the community and confident in their own power of bringing beneficial changes to society. At the beginning of the school year, in kindergartens, schools and high-schools registered in the program Recycling Patrols are formed, i.e. teams of about 20 students, guided by a coordinating teacher. Annually, more than 750 kindergartens, schools and high-schools in the country locally initiate creative and informative activities to mobilize communities to responsibly collect e- waste (WEEE) to reduce pollution and comply with European standards. The school thus strengthens its position as the “soul of the community”. Children and young people in the Recycling Patrol become the ambassadors of this ecological message in their communities and help the grown-ups understand the pollution potential of WEEE and that it depends on each of us to mitigate this risk.

What is the impact of this project?

The communities in which the Recycling Patrols “operate” adopt a more responsible behavior against the environment. “Supporter” companies and institutions reduce the amount of hazardous waste they have and fulfill their legal obligations in waste management. The Recycling Patrol is a program that any company or institution can support, at no cost, as a CSR program. So far, more than 2,000 organizations have become supporters of the program, precisely because it is simple and convenient to implement in a team, it helps employees get rid of e-waste that is tangling through their homes and offices. And for businesses it is an efficient way to meet the legal obligations for waste management with no stress. The Recycling Patrol is a national environmental education program run in kindergartens, schools and high schools in Romania, which gave rise to the most active youth ecological movement. In the 7 years since its launch, the Patrol Recycling project has contributed to collecting over 2,700,000 kg of WEEE in Romania. If today people in hundreds of cities, communes, and villages separately collect e-waste, it is also thanks to the Recycling Patrol.

How important is it to reach collection targets?

The European legislation transposed at the national level imposes us to collect more than 45% of the average of electrical and electronic equipment sold in the last three years. In the period 2017-2020 the collection target is 45%, and from 2021 the target will be 65% of the quantities of electrical equipment placed on the market. If we do not reach these targets, we risk paying fines up to 124,000 euros per day of non-compliance, which will be paid out from each of us.

How do you manage to do this?

We have a proactive, professional approach and in compliance with the legislation in the field. Our goal is to change mentalities in the field of environmental protection and to transform an obsolete way to use and treat outdated equipment in a sustainability model for the future. We work with people, companies, partners and institutions that share the same values as we do and that are aware we are living in a world of change and multiple challenges that forces us to keep up with times.

We created the local collection service, a network of partner operators, with teams in each county working at European standards, which ensure free take-up from home or headquarters. In partnership with city halls, we have developed a unique network of WEEE collection centers with national coverage where citizens can discard their electrical and electronic waste. All the information is on the association’s website.

A national team of over 100,000 agents and 3,500 teachers has been formed and they informed more than 4,500,000 people about WEEE collection.

What is the balance sheet after more than 10 years of RoRec activity?

It is always difficult to sum up such a long period, especially since it was a period of start-up, construction, work-structure formation, design and development of projects and processes. I would, however, try to frame our the first 10 years in 10 phrases: responsibility, which is the legal and moral core of our mission; focus on practical and efficient implementation; focus on performance, based on success indicators for any initiative; cost control and efficiency of budgeting; building the team, that “handful” of people with whom we started to cover the whole country; the national dimension that is indispensable for achieving the collection targets; European vocation, connecting to successful models of European leaders in the field; alignment with European legislation, clear direction that ensures the outcome, despite the confusion and obstacles of Romanian transposition; direct communication with the population, permanent search for tools that mobilize communities, but also collaboration with the local authority, which can become a partner of great potential in working with communities.

What are the plans for the next years?

In the European Union’s governance priorities, up to the horizon of 2030, waste recycling and recovery is gaining momentum, eloquently reflected in the very context of the European circular economy. What we do, together with our partners, members of the association and the network of operators, is more and more necessary, more important. For us, success is not a luxury, but the only way ahead. We have to fulfill our assumed mission in front of the industry. What do we have to do to in the coming years to meet our goals? We will continue what we started. The solutions are here. We know them. We have tested them for the last 10 years. We only need to implement them professionally, referring to the European framework, to models of experienced collective systems and to successful practices so as to contribute to the European evolution and the sustainable development of our society.

RoRec successes:

○ A network of 31 collection centers at European standards in 28 counties;

2,500 collection points, in partnership with retailers;

Over 10,000 unique communication campaigns in communities, schools, institutions and businesses;

○ Thousands of information and collection actions, where more than 110,000 tonnes of e-waste were collected;

Implementation of an information system for WEEE traceability, from receipt, transport and then handing over to recycling facilities, which ensures real-time recording, monitoring and reporting of collected and recycled quantities;

○ Recycling of more than 95,000 tonnes of collected e-waste.

 

 

Green Citizens for Smart Cities – people before tech

Posted on: Jun 25, 2018 by Alexandra Scutaru

We all dream of living in Smart Cities – communities where technology improves our life with innovative and effective solutions. What if technology entails hundreds of new, short-lived electrical devices, would that mean that a “smart city” would be overwhelmed by e-waste? No, of course. On the contrary, smart communities primarily rely on sustainability, and recycling is an essential part of sustainability.

“Green Citizens for Smart Cities” was RoRec Association’s perspective at Urban Talks – an event that brought together experts, ideas, solutions and projects on integrated, smart and sustainable urban development at Cluj Innovation Days, Romania, May 2018.

In the context of discussions about the role of technology, Andreea Idriceanu Calev, communication manager at RoRec Association, spoke about the magnitude of a problem faced by humankind: the huge amount of e-waste that suffocates the planet as we become more and more dependent on gadgets and various devices. “By 2030, 2/3 of the world’s population will live in the urban area – i.e. about 5 billion people. Also, in just a few years, there will be more mobile phone owners than people with access to electricity. This means billions of electrical and electronic appliances thrown each year. Already in 2018, people will generate over 5 million tonnes of e-waste,” said Andreea Idriceanu.

Smart cities are characterized by the balance between people and environment, with the help of technology and innovation. At the core of the system, both the “resource” and the “main source” remain … people.

“There is no “Smart City” without “Green Citizens”. Cities of the future aim to work better on all levels, ensuring their economic prosperity while reducing the negative impact on the environment. For this, each of their constituents – citizens, authorities, businesses and civil society – has to act responsibly every day. No matter how innovative a city technology is, it can never compensate for the cumulative harmful effects of millions of gestures.”

In an exclusive interview for the Recycling Patrol, Grațian Mihăilescu, the founder of UrbanizeHub and one of the most well-known urban innovation specialists in Romania, points out that “Cities are in the hands of citizens, but they still do not realize it. With the evolution of technology, this influence of the citizen in the decision-making process will increase. These are the needs of communities – these solutions must be implemented to make life easier for citizens and not for the sake of selling new products or technologies to the administration. That’s why it is important, when this transition is made, for citizens to be prepared to get involved. ”

Graţian Mihăilescu supported the Recycling Patrol mission with his own message: “In order for our cities to be modern and clean, we need to be more involved first. Let’s take care of the city we live in as if it were our living room. It is the place where we are going to work, in which we grow up, in which we fall in love, where we raise our kids and we should treat it with respect and responsibility and do our best to contribute to its development. We have a bad mentality always blaming the authorities. But ask yourself: When was the last time that I did something for the city I live in? ”

At Urban Talks, the Recycling Patrol, the environmental education program that RoRec has been developing for 8 years in Romania, has won the enthusiasm and appreciation of an audience of innovators, leaders, decision makers and companies who share the values ​​of a better world, creators of projects that shape the future of Romanian cities.

At the end of its 7th edition, the program redefined environmental education in Romania, surpassing any expectations and breaking record after record. In 2018, the Recycling Patrol reached more than 110,000 volunteers, 3,000,000 kg of e-waste collected due to their efforts and over 5,000,000 people informed about the importance of collecting e-waste.

Through this program, RoRec Association has generated a movement of awareness and permanent mobilization in hundreds of urban and rural communities across the country, with a major impact on the increase of e-waste collection and recycling rates.

United Business Center Iasi supports the WEEE separate collection

Posted on: Feb 14, 2018 by Alexandra Scutaru

United Business Center supports environmental protection and encourages partners to be responsible for the environment.

On the ground floor of the buildings there are special containers for collecting bulbs, batteries and small waste electrical and electronic equipment. The United Business Center provides these containers with the help of the Local Collection Service in Iasi, supported by the RoRec Association, APM Iasi and the Environmental Guard Iasi. SLC Iaşi ensures the WEEE collection and the safe transportation to accredited recyclers according to European standards.

Employees of UBC companies in Iasi are invited to collect waste in the three types of containers, which the Iasi Local Collection Service will empty regularly.

For heavy or large appliances, interested parties can order a free pick up from home via a call to the Green Line (TelVerde) 0800 444 800 (toll-free number from any fixed or mobile network available daily from 09.00 – 17.00).

“Do you want a clean city? Do not abandon waste in public space!”

Posted on: Feb 6, 2018 by Alexandra Scutaru

The Romanian Association for Recycling – RoRec has joined a project to inform and educate the citizens of Craiova about the importance of separate waste collection. More specifically, SC Salubritate Craiova SRL, together with the Autonomous Administration of Public Domain and Housing Fund (RAADPFL) Craiova, the RoRec Association, Craiova City Hall and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Craiova, run between 22 January 2018 and 15 May 2018 , the project “Do you want a clean city? Do not abandon waste in public space! “.

Nearly 4 months, 80 volunteers and an informative brochure are the coordinates of the project aimed at raising the awareness of the importance of separate collection among the inhabitants of Craiova. The campaign brochure contains information on the correct way of waste pre-collection, but also rules on social cohabitation and the penalties for breaching them. Page 7 of the brochure is dedicated to waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The brochure will be distributed by volunteers in Electroputere Park, Mercur Center, Associations of Owners, other parks, public gardens and the historic center in Craiova.