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Electronic waste to be collected in European way as of 2015.

The electronic waste in the future will be collected in separate municipal centers and will then be selected and recycled. Environment Minister Abdulakim Ademi presented Sunday the legal modifications that should take the country closer to European standards.

According to the survey of the Ministry, in Macedonian households there is a huge number of used electrical and electronic apparatuses.

"Some thirty percent of the population keeps at least one telephone, 22 percent have freezers, 19 percent have TV sets, 17 percent have ovens and 33 percent have information technology equipment they do not use. At the same time the survey has shown that 68 percent of the used apparatuses are in good shape and are still functional," Ademi said.

According to some of the new rules, buyers of new apparatuses will be able to leave their used TV sets, fridges or old telephones in the stores. However, the European rules will come into effect in 2013-2015. Collecting and recycling electronic waste is big business in developed countries and completely undeveloped in Macedonia. The legal modifications create conditions for big profit of the firms that would be putting those modifications into practice.
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Publication:INFOMAC Daily News Service
Date:Aug 22, 2011
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