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Panasonic Using SAP Recycling Software

Electronics giant Panasonic is using SAP’s Recycling Administration software to aid compliance with product end-of-life regulations.

Panasonic uses the SAP product to classify recyclable materials by type, weight, usage, destination, brand and category. The software also offers a central data repository of different countries’ regulatory requirements.

The firm is currently using the program for 50 compliance schemes in 18 European countries and plans to roll out the software to more of its offices in the continent. The software has resulted in a 50 percent time saving in recycling data management and reduced recycling costs by 15 percent in some compliance programs, Panasonic says.

In particular, Recycling Administration has helped the electronics firm save money when complying with the European Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment Directive, Panasonic says.

Earlier this month, the Polish presidency of the European Union floated a compromise in negotiations between nations over the revised WEEE directive, ENDs Europe reported.  Poland’s solution would compel producers of electronic waste to comply with definitions set at both the national and EU level.

Also in September, the Malta Environmental and Planning Authority developed a plan aimed at helping companies comply with the directive.

Public consultation on the draft plan is currently being carried out, and feedback on the proposal will be accepted until Oct. 31, 2011, the Gozo News reported.

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