Difference between intentions and facts
Friday, July 27, 2012 9:25:29 AM
Now, it sounds good on paper.
But in reality here where I live, which is one of the most developed areas of Italy, no distributor ever has retired used devices, they say they aren't organized for that and cannot bear the costs, so in reality the customer must deliver the used devices to the disposal area of his/her town. Everybody knows it and, despite it is a clear violation of the Law, nobody seems to care. Plus, the disposal area in every town here adopted a strict (official) policy about the number/quantity of electronics you can deliver each year and in theory you should pay for the disposal of anything above your yearly quote. Which obviously does not motivate people to deliver more stuff for recycling instead of just dumping it at the first hidden corner of the street. Who knows even what happens of devices that are delivered to the disposal, if they get actually recycled or they are weighted, written on paper and then just dumped somewhere.
I don't know if the european regulators live in countries where rules are actually rules and not just vague suggestions. Or if they are full aware that their regulations are written on paper and then completely ignored in practice. I would like to know one of them to ask.
On a side note: given the said policies at the town disposal area, I have recently brought there some computer related devices but since I could go above my yearly quota I had to hide stuff like drug dealers then causally say "oh I have just a computer", park the car so the guy at the entrance could not see me and unload everything. Feeling a bit surreal, like I was doing something wrong when I was actually doing something right.