Green Christmas, vademecum to recycle light decorations

Ecolamp offers some simple tips for managing end-of-life lights

Christmas time of decorations and lights. But what to do with light chains, garlands or LED decorations that no longer work? All these products, powered by electricity or batteries, when they stop working become Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Here are some tips from the Ecolamp consortium, specialized in the collection and recycling of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.

MUNICIPAL COLLECTION CENTERS – In addition to ours, we can also collect luminous chains, Christmas decorations and LED luminous decorations to throw away from friends, relatives or neighbors, and take them to one of the more than 4,200 municipal ecological islands spread throughout the country. Here there are special containers for the R4 grouping (lighting fixtures, small appliances and consumer electronics) that allow you to start the electrical and electronic waste for proper recycling. To find the ecological islands, you can consult the Ecolamp website or JunkerApp, the application that helps to make separate waste collection.

1 VS 1 – Weee can also be delivered to shops that sell electrical and electronic items, whether specialized or not. In this case, for each refusal delivered, we must purchase a new equivalent product. For example, if we need a new flashing plug for Christmas lights, we can take this opportunity to hand that route over to the shopkeeper.

1 VS 0 – In this case, we can bring our WEEE, as long as they do not exceed 25 cm in length, to retailers with a sales area dedicated to Electrical and Electronic Equipment over 400 square meters, without any obligation to purchase.

Ecolamp in the first six months of 2021 collected over 1,800 tons of WEEE throughout the national territory, of which 903 tons of small household appliances, consumer electronics and lighting devices at the end of their life. Thanks to the correct treatment of Electric and Electronic Waste it has been possible to recover over 95% of secondary raw materials, or materials that can be used in new production cycles.