• DIGITALEUROPE publishes a paper with selected ICT industry best practices in recycled plastics

    25 August 2016Since the early 2000s, the digital technology industry has been experimenting with the use of recycled plastics in electric and electronic equipment (EEE). Recycled plastics are now found in a variety of ICT products as companies start to use recycled plastics as part of voluntary agreements/certifications or broader green marketing initiatives.

    The imaging equipment industry, for example, has signed a voluntary agreement (VA) in the framework of the Ecodesign Directive, which requires producers to declare the use of recycled plastics to customers since 2015. The VA was signed by 15 producers that account for more than 95% of all office and household imaging equipment sold in Europe. Declaration requirements of the use of recycled plastics are also in the ECMA 370 Eco Declaration.

    DIGITALEUROPE has developed this paper to showcase current best practices of early adopters, highlight the challenges ahead to policy-makers and inspire other sectors and producers. It contains an initial assessment of the market size and expected trends as well as opportunities and challenges in using recycled plastics. The last section of the paper gives ample room to a number of case studies from the ICT industry, ranging from printer cartridges to printers and closed-loop recycling in monitors.

    The idea for this paper emerged from a series of industry workshops and visits to recycling plants. It is clear that the widespread use of recycled plastics in all ICT products remains a challenge. However, with a combination of economic incentives and technical progress, the ICT industry could make a meaningful progress. The case studies in the paper show that it is feasible to use recycled plastics in a number of ICT products when innovative solutions are explored for particular products or components.

    Check out the paper and have a look at the various case studies here.  

    For more information please contact:

    Sylvie Feindt
    Director
    sylvie.feindt@digitaleurope.org            
    Valentina Bolognesi
    Senior Manager
    valentina.bolognesi@digitaleurope.org 
    Sofia Lettenbichler Photo Sofia Lettenbichler
    Policy Manager
    sofia.lettenbichler@digitaleurope.org
       
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