Life Cycle of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Take-back
Electrical and electronic equipment can be found all around us, they have become an integral part of our homes. They serve us for a long time, but when they reach their end, it is necessary to ensure their recycling. Through ecological processing, we not only obtain valuable secondary raw materials, but also eliminate the leakage of toxic substances into the surrounding environment
Electrical and electronic equipment can contain a wast number of dangerous substances, e.g. mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead, phthalates, brominated flame retardants, chromium, cobalt, etc. These substances can harm both the environment and human health. Therefore, when electrical and electronic equipment reaches the end of its life, it is necessary to take it to a collection point.
Consumers ( households and companies):
The only task of consumers is to sort out end-of-life EEE in a proper way. These products do not belong in mixed waste, they need to be taken to the collection point and in the correct collection vessel. Take-back of EEE is for citizens free of charge.
You can find special collection vessels not only at collection yards and electrical stores, but also in shopping centres, municipal offices and a number of companies. You can find the nearest collection point in the map of collection points.
There are a total of 12 of them in the Czech Republic and they cover the entire territory evenly. At these points, collection vessels are collected from the surrounding collection points and then are transported in bulk to the processor.
Recycling of EEE is largely dependent on manual disassembly, but lamps are recycled on a processing line. Thanks to ecological recycling, it is possible to use around 90% of materials as secondary raw materials.
Recycled raw materials:
After recycling, ferrous, non-ferrous and rare metals, glass or plastics can be used from EEE again. Recycled raw materials are further used for further production or as technical material.