• DIGITALEUROPE Speaks at The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Expert Group Meeting on All WEEE Flows

    2 February 2018Representatives from DIGITALEUROPE addressed Commission and Member State officials on the importance of measuring all the flows of WEEE. Capturing the various routes of WEEE is crucial if Member States are to meet the WEEE Directive's targets.

    Mark Dempsey and Jeroen van der Tang addressed on behalf of DIGITALEUROPE the WEEE Expert Group meeting held in Brussels on 30 January 2018 on the necessity for the Member States to oblige every entity touching electronic waste to report their volumes to a central register. 

    The presentation was an opportunity to take stock of the progress made since the joint workshop on "all WEEE flows"  organized by DIGITALEUROPE and the European Commission on Valentine's day last year. By sharing some key learnings from the case of the Netherlands, a number of challenges going forward were also highlighted. 

    Currently, mainly producer owned e-waste collection schemes report the volumes of WEEE that is passing their hands. This is by far not enough to meet the forthcoming 65% target of all EEE placed on the market. We know from various studies that another 40% of e-waste is treated properly by independent operators, but not reported on. Another major part of the stream is passing by asset management companies that is equally not reported yet. The promotion of the declaration of the so-called all-WEEE-flows has been a long-standing objective of DIGITALEUROPE. If Europe is to recycle more of its waste and meet the targets set out in the Directive, it is of key importance that we have knowledge on those flows to be able to take measures to improve the collection and recycling quotas.

    DIGITALEUROPE looks forward to continuing the dialogue with the Commission and Member States on how to best account for all the volumes of WEEE collected.

     

    For more information, contact:

    Sylvie Feindt
    Director
    sylvie.feindt@digitaleurope.org            
    Valentina Bolognesi
    Senior Manager
    valentina.bolognesi@digitaleurope.org 
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