WEEE recycling carried out by treatment operators unreported

WEEE Design

February 2013

Up to one third of WEEE is being recycled outside of producer take-back schemes by treatment operators and not being reported according to report on Europe’s WEEE regimes released by DIGITALEUROPE, European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA) and LightingEurope.

The groups are calling for governments to use the transposition of the Recast WEEE Directive to capture the WEEE that it claims is not being included in WEEE recycling data. With higher recycling targets being introduced with the WEEE Recast, the groups call for implementation of measures under the WEEE Recast to include mandatory reporting obligations for all permitted treatment operators and proper enforcement by Member States of these requirements.

According to the report the current average WEEE collection rate among EU Member States is approximately a third, with research indicating that another third is being collected by treatment operators and not being reported.

The groups propose that a producer-funded register should be in place to ensure WEEE recycling carried out external to the producer compliance system it is counted toward recycling targets. Furthermore, the groups propose that the independent register could record the data from producers on volumes that have been put on the market.