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Waste produced by the TIM Group

07/19/2017 - 04:00 PM

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Waste data varies over time according to the quantities and types delivered to the companies contracted to treat it. The most important item of data for TIM’s purposes is the ratio between waste produced and consigned for recycling/recovery, which in 2016 was 96%.

In Italy 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 2016 the various management activities allowed logistics and network products (58,386 items) and commercial logistics products (119,367 items) to be regenerated, components and raw materials (458,185 items, almost exclusively of fixed telephony) to be sent for recovery and used products (67.786 items, almost exclusively of mobile telephony) to be resold.

In Brazil TIM collects and manages mobile terminals, batteries and accessories at its shops through the Recarregue o Planeta (Recharge the Planet) programme. In 2016, a total of 961 kg was collected and sent for recovery/recycling.

The purpose of this activity is twofold: contributing to a reduction in 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 the past 5 years 100% of telecommunication products collected both in Italy and Brazil were managed in an environmentally sustainable way, either prolonging their useful lives or re-introducing components and materials recovered from them into the production cycle.