Goals and Values
In the 21st century, one of the most important threats is hazardous electronic waste
E-waste recycling protects human health and the environment. Incorrect e-waste disposal creates environmental pollution, which has the potential to harm human health. The best way to dispose e-waste is to recycle it properly. E-waste consists of many different components and requires specialised equipment to dismantle, divide, process and extract materials that can then be converted into new products. This should be done by a controlled system to prevent pollution and to ensure the safety of the workplace. Recycling e-waste helps to preserve our most precious natural resources. Recycled materials are used for manufacturing new products. This reduces the need to harvest new raw materials from land which are limited in quantity.
Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the largest waste category with a global growth rate of 3-5% per year, which is three times as much as conventional waste.
WEEE is classified into two broad categories:
Household WEEE: household appliances.
Professional WEEE: industrial, economic or administrative equipment.
Moreover, lighting equipment can also be considered as another type of WEEE, which is also the most common type of waste (around 80% of all WEEE).
Regulations and laws of the Cabinet of Ministers
Regulations for the acceptance of used electronic equipment
Electrical and electronic equipment categories and labeling requirements and such equipment waste management rules
08.07.2014. Cabinet Regulation No.388
Rules on the classification of waste and properties which makes waste hazardous
19.04.2011. Cabinet Regulation No.302
Procedures for Management of Certain Types of Hazardous Waste
21.06.2011. Cabinet Regulation No.485
European Parliament and Council Directive 2002/96/EK
27.01.03. On waste of electrical and electronic equipment
Waste management law
Procedure for the Record Keeping, Identification, Storage, Packing, Marking and Keeping of Transport Records of Hazardous Waste
21.06.2011. Cabinet Regulation No.484
Regulations Regarding the Procedures for Purchasing and Selling Ferrous and Non-ferrous Metal Cuttings and Scrap and for Issuing Licences for the Purchase of Metal Cuttings and Scrap in Latvia, and also the Rate of the State Fee for a Licence for the Purchase of Ferrous and Non-ferrous Metal Cuttings and Scrap and the Payment Procedures of the State Fee
13.12.2011. Cabinet Regulation No.960