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Revertia

Company

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Sector

electronics

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Revertia offers Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE or e-waste) management services to corporate customers. Revertia services cover handling and removal of e-waste (IT equipment) from customers’ premises, treatment and preparation for re-use and / or recycling. Remanufactured equipment is donated or sold in second hand markets.

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Challenges

Remanufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment must take priority over recycling. Because waste is produced in a decentralised manner, reaching agreements with collective systems is key to obtaining a certain volume of WEEE that can be repaired and remanufactured. 

At the same time, when corporate users of electronic devices in Spain become producers of WEEE. they need a professional waste management service that enables them to comply with the regulations in force in Spain. Moreover, that data protection must be strictly respected in computer equipment.

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Innovations

The preparation for reuse is enabled by company experience and knowledge about the WEEE sector and commitment to the reuse model. It is also favoured by a regulatory framework (Directive 2012/19/EU) which sets objectives for WEEE recycling and reuse.

Paradoxically, as is common in economic activities focused on the end-of-life of products, the growing flow of e-waste is also an enabler of the business model. 

“The regulatory framework would be more favourable to our activity if it promoted re-use to a greater extent, and if there was more transparency in collection systems and less bureaucracy.”

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Key enablers

The preparation for reuse is enabled by company experience and knowledge about the WEEE sector and commitment to the reuse model. It is also favoured by a regulatory framework (Directive 2012/19/EU) which sets objectives for WEEE recycling and reuse.

Paradoxically, as is common in economic activities focused on the end-of-life of products, the growing flow of e-waste is also an enabler of the business model. 

“The regulatory framework would be more favourable to our activity if it promoted re-use to a greater extent, and if there was more transparency in collection systems and less bureaucracy.”

MATERIAL FLOWs

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Key OUTCOMEs

Reuse is a preferable option over recycling in terms of environmental impacts. In 2017 Revertia collected 280 tonnes of WEEE and was able to prepare for reuse, 34% of all the IT equipment it collected. That means that Revertia avoided adding 347 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. This amount equals the CO2 emitted by a car after driving 2.7 million kilometres.

In terms of socio-economic outcomes, reuse brings an important opportunity for creating employment and giving access to almost like new technological products to broad layers of society.

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