Exported professional equipment in collection performances
In 2019, 1,000 tonnes of equipment exported for reuse were voluntarily declared by ecosystem’s producer members. This covers almost exclusively medical devices, accounting for 140 tonnes of donated medical equipment by 2 NGOs and a little over 850 tonnes by 10 ecosystem producer members. The quantity of EEE exported within the ecosystem scope was evaluated at more than 6,000 tonnes.
It should be remembered that cross-border transfers of used EEE is regulated by Annex VI of the 2012/19 WEEE Directive. Requirements in testing the working order, in packaging, in traceability and written proof are required in order to ensure that no illegal transfer of waste is conducted under the cover of used EEE
Significant quantities of second hand professional EEE (medical devices, automatic vending machines, IT and communication equipment, industrial equipment, machinery-tools, generators) are exported for reuse by producers, brokers, stock managers or NGOs and are therefore not collected by the industry. Our authority approval specifications documents gives us the possibility of including, in our collection performance, the voluntary declarations of exported EEE for reuse by producers and second hand medical devices by NGOs under contract with ecosystem donating medical equipment (Horizons Sahel et Aima) whilst complying to regulations on cross-border transfers of used EEE.
In 2019, nearly 1,000 tonnes of second-hand medical devices were exported and declared to ecosystem. In accordance with its authority approved specifications documents, a best practice “export for redeployment” charter is currently being created and a report on the recovery sectors in importing countries has been initiated, prioritising the main destinations outside of Europe, i.e. Senegal and India, and will continue into 2020. ONGs and their beneficiaries (hospitals, institutions, retirement homes) in Lithuania and Senegal were audited in 2019 and the results were satisfactory: the equipment is sent in working order and in compliance with regulations on the cross-border transfer of used electrical and electronic equipment and corresponding to a need. However, the problem of exports also lies in this equipment’s maintenance and end-of-service life management. ecosystem provides project funding to the NGO Horizons Sahel in the development of a resources centre focusing on training in medical equipment maintenance. ecosystem provides the NGO with technical assistance to implement a local solution for managing the end-of-service life of medical equipment exported by the NGO by identifying Senegalese treatment centres able to dismantle this and by making information available on the equipment’s composition.
In 2019, ecosystem carried out a survey on NGOs donating medical equipment in order identify possible new partnerships and understand the export problems they encounter. It developed a partnership with a medical furniture producer, Hill Rom and with the take-back scheme operator Valdélia in order to foster the redeployment of medical furniture with NGOs donating medical equipment and under contract with ecosystem.