Spanish electroscrap recycling moves closer

Mobile phone collection scheme now imminent, initiative on white goods further behind

Spain's electrogoods industry is moving closer to implementing long-standing promises to start collecting used products for recycling, with mobile phones in the vanguard. A first national recycling scheme for mobiles will be launched in early April, according to electronics industry association ANIEL.

Described as an "integrated collection and recycling management system", the scheme is backed by the main mobile telephone operators and manufacturers. It aims to create a network of 3,100 collection points, which will receive an estimated 700,000 units in the first year of operation, rising to 4m by 2003. Recycling will be carried out by two companies which, ANIEL says, have sufficient capacity to process up to 10m units a year.

According to an ANIEL spokeswoman, manufacturers will pay all collection costs not covered by the sale of mobile telephones to the recyclers. The scheme is to be accompanied by a publicity campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to participate.

Together with domestic appliance manufacturers' group ANFEL, ANIEL pledged early action on electrogoods recycling in Spain nearly a year ago (ENDS Daily 28 March 2000). ANIEL is now, once more, predicting extension of collection "in the near future" to include "most electrical and electronic products". But ANFEL dismissed this claim as "an attempt to make a media splash". A spokesperson insisted that any moves to introduce recycling of white goods "were eight to nine months away".

Follow Up:
ANIEL, tel: +34 91 590 2300; ANFEL, tel: +34 91 411 2705.

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