Management of Waste from Electrical and Electronical Equipment (WEEE)
The Royal Decree 208/2005, of February 25, on electrical and electronic devices and the management of its residues, opens a new way for the management of this typology of residues, and Mestral is a manager authorized by the Government of the Balearic Islands by its withdrawal, transport and storage. As we know, the household appliances contribute to solve the problems of the daily life and facilitate the communication and technological development, but once they get damaged or obsolete, they turn into waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which are dangerous since they contain plenty of different substances, the majority of them, toxic. When a WEEE comes to Mestral, it is classified as reusable or not. The ones that are not reusable are separated according to its typology and undergo a process of decontamination, which consists of extracting the dangerous components for preventing toxic spills or leaks. Depending on the kind of device, batteries will be extracted, fluorescent, toners and inks, oils, CFC's, etc.
Once they have passed this first process of decontamination, they are packed onto the pallets and sent to a final authorized manager, who finishes its decontamination and separates all their components for the afterward recycling.
The benefits of the reclaiming are:
- Resource management improvement and avoidance of new waste generation,
- Soil and water pollution reduction
- Economical access to quality household appliances, and
- Occupation offers for groups at risk of exclusion.
Mestral, for the most part devotes itself to the reutilization of electronic appliances of the so called “white line”, (fridges, washing machines, freezers, ovens and cookers).