With the new Punto Limpio application from ECOTIC Foundation you can find the waste disposal points for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) closest to your current situation automatically thanks to geolocation feature
Runs offline: no
Last update: Android 22/02/2017 (v. 1.7) – iOS 20/12/2016 (v. 1.0)
Website of the developer: Ecotic
This application facilitates the correct deposit of electronic waste, also referred to as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), providing users with information about the local waste facility closest to their location. This facilities, at least in Spain, are places, usually of public ownership, where is possible the free delivery of domestic and assimilable waste. Among these wastes, WEEE is also included, allowing its recycling, reuse or recovery and avoiding contamination of the environment resulting from an uncontrolled dumping.
The application is very simple, including the following options:
- Tu punto limpio (Your waste disposal facility), that corresponds to the initial map that is loaded when you enter the application. In this tab, if the location option of the mobile device is activated, you can see the 5 centers closest to the user’s location. When you make click on the identifying symbols, it displays a small information section with the name of the center, its address and the phone, as well as an option (right arrow) to see the route on Google Maps.
- Listado de puntos limpios (Waste disposal facilities list), that allows the consultation of the different facilities by region and province.
- Descubre el reciclaje (Discover recycling), Option that includes a definition on electronic waste and the importance of its correct deposit in order to avoid environmental problems. The Residuos (Waste) and ¿Cómo se reciclan? (How are they recycled?) tabs offer added information about this type of electronic waste and how they are recycled, reused or valorized.
Images: Screenshots 07/03/2017. ©Ecotic
As the European Commission website gathers, WEEE « is one the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, with some 9 million tonnes generated in 2005, and expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020». The problem with this type of garbage, besides the enormous volume generated, is that many of the materials with which they are manufactured can represent a potential risk to the environment due to its toxicity. Its correct treatment allows therefore to minimize this damage, enabling the reuse of components or their recycling, incorporating raw materials into the manufacturing process.
Although it is necessary to recognize that the management system is not perfect and it is subject to externalities that condition its operation (theft of scrap, for example), each citizen is responsible of start the chain for the management of electronic waste with the correct disposal of these devices once they have reached to the end of their useful life. This behavior can be favored by mobile applications such as Punto Limpio, which provides information on which are the nearest collection points. Although the application is very simple to use and the content incorporated is sufficient, it would be necessary to incorporate the opening hours of the different centers, as well as possible specific observations of each center that condition the activity or the collection of certain residues.