Enviromental protection


[G4-EN23The data shown in the table refer to the quantity of waste consigned1 and recorded by law2

Waste consigned

Group breakdown by Business Unit (%) and % variation compared to the previous 2 years
Hazardous wastekg3,576,46898%2%
Non-hazardous wastekg9,142,15795%5%
Total waste consigned(*)kg12,718,62596%4%
2016 v. 2015(26)%(25)%(31)%
2016 v. 2014(3)%(4)%30%
Waste sent for recycling or recoverykg12,235,31499%1%
% Waste sent for recycling or recovery96%99%27%

(*) The data does not include the Domestic BU telephone poles because these are not disposed of as ordinary waste but under the framework agreement signed in 2003 with the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Production Activities and the production and recovery companies, subject to the favourable opinion of the conference of State-Regions-Autonomous Provinces. In 2016, TIM decommissioned 130,258 poles weighing a total of 10,420,640 kg.


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 reached a significant level.

Ministerial Decree No. 65 of March 8, 2010 (published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale on May 10, 2010) implemented the collection of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) by all TIM sales channels as of June 18, 2010, resulting in the company’s registration as a “distributor” in the national Register of environmental managers.

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 or disposed of in compliance with current legislation.

This activity has a dual purpose: 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.

1 By “waste consigned” is meant waste delivered to carriers for recycling or reclamation or disposal.

2 Slight variations compared to the situation on December 31 may occur until the following March 30, because the source of the data is the records of waste loaded and unloaded, which are consolidated once the actual weight at de- stination has been verified. The information is supplied to the producer of the waste within 3 months of consignment, which is the reason for the potential variations in the data.