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Waste collection
At a company level, it consists in using specific containers for collecting certain types of waste such as empty toner and printer ink cartridges, batteries, plastic bottles, paper, etc. for their subsequent reuse or recycling.


WEEE (Waste from Electrical or Electronic Equipment)
Waste from electrical or electronic equipment that has been discarded due to breakdown, disuse or obsolescence.


Weightless economy
Theorized by Danny T. Quah (Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science), it is also known as “the knowledge economy”, “the intangible economy”, “the immaterial economy”, or simply as “the new economy”. It includes information and communications technologies (ICT) and the Internet; intellectual property (not only patents and copyrights, but also trademarks, financial services and educational services); digital libraries and archives, including multimedia archives; biotechnologies. These elements, that make up the fastest-growing sector of the modern economy, are transforming the world by producing “knowledge products” to which the traditional principles of economics don’t apply.


Welfare
In politics, it indicates the promotion of the basic well-being of individuals.


Workplace Safety Management System
It implements health and safety goals and policies in the planning and management of systems of labor or for the production of goods or services. It defines the ways to identify the liabilities, procedures, processes and resources for achieving the company’s prevention policy inside its corporate organizational structure, in compliance with current health and safety regulations. At the moment, there are no internationally recognized regulations; the Guidelines issued by UNI and INAIL provide a useful reference.