LCA studySeparate waste collection and recycling are generally considered environmentally friendly activities and one of the main paths towards sustainable development. As one of the first compliance schemes in Europe, ASEKOL decided to precisely determine the environmental impact of collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.
In co-operation with external experts, in 2009 the company therefore drew up a unique Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study in respect of discarded television sets and monitors, which constitute approx. 80 % of all electrical and electronic equipment collected within the compliance scheme. The objective of the study was to describe, using an objective, transparent and internationally recognised procedure, the environmental impacts associated with the take-back, transport and treatment of TV sets and PC monitors up to the stage of replacement of the primary raw material. The research also included preparation of a model serving to keep records of the environmental effects caused by individual ASEKOL’s clients (collection sites, producers, treatment operators, individuals). The necessary data gathering required more than eight months of challenging work completed by employees at ASEKOL.
LCA study of discarded television sets and PC monitors (2009) – detailed analysis
Based on the positive response to the results of the first LCA study, in 2011 ASEKOL commissioned another analysis of the environmental effects caused by the activities of ASEKOL, this time in relation to small electrical and electronic equipment. The study was drawn up within the ASEKOL Fund grant programme.
LCA study of discarded small electrical and electronic equipment (2011) – detailed analysis
Published on: 24. 01. 2013
Author: Mgr. Jan Vrba