Nine of Europe’s largest waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance schemes have formed a “one-stop shop” to help manufacturers meet their various national WEEE recycling requirements, Waste Management World reports.
The joint venture, called WEEE Europe, aims to simplify recycling processes for manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors that face different WEEE rules in each European Union member state as well as EU-wide regulations.
The new organization will also “offer efficient solutions to fulfill the various national WEEE recycling registration and reporting requirements at a competitive price,” Dr. Phil Morton, WEEE Europe board member and CEO of Repic, the UK’s largest WEEE producer compliance scheme, tells Waste Management World.
WEEE Europe is also in talks with potential new partners from other EU member states.
The UK is the first EU member state to enact Europe’s revisions to the WEEE Regulations, with the new rules taking effect in that country this year.
The European Parliament passed more stringent targets under the WEEE Directive in 2012, requiring member states to collect 65 to 85 percent of their e-waste by 2019. The new rules amend the Directive 2002/96/EC, in force since February 2003.