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Waste data vary over time according to the quantities and types of waste. The most important item of data is the ratio between waste produced and delivered for recycling/recovery, which reached a significant level.

ICT can accelerate the obsolescence of products and require the resulting technological waste to be managed. TIM has entered into contracts with companies specialised in handling used, faulty and end-of-life products, with the aim of reclaiming components and raw materials and at the same time obtaining tangible economic benefits deriving from their recovery.

In 2017 the various management activities allowed logistics and network products (39,530 items) and commercial logistics products (126,400 items) to be regenerated, components and raw materials (189,000 kg in total, almost exclusively fixed telephony parts) to be sent for recovery. In 2017 TIM did not re-sell used mobile telephony items.

In Brazil, TIM collects and manages mobile terminals, batteries and accessories at its shops through the Recarregue o Planeta (Recharge the Planet) programme. In 2017, a total of 821 kg was collected and sent for recovery/recycling or disposed of in compliance with current legislation.

These activities have a dual purpose: contributing to a reduction in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) produced while at the same time generating a financial benefit resulting from the difference between the cost that would be incurred for the purchase of new equipment and the cost of regeneration.

In 2017, 99% of the waste produced in Italy and 27% of the waste produced in Brazil was sent to recovery/recycling. Overall, 97% of the total waste produced was recycled (see page 66 of TIM’s  2017 Sustainability Report). In 2017, at Group level, 99.81% of the hazardous waste produced was sent to recycling.