Towards an EU WEEE Regulation - The position of EERA


 

Towards an EU WEEE Regulation - The position of EERA

Geplaatst op 19-01-2022  -  Categorie: events

In light of the flurry of initiatives being developed by the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan to
bolster circularity and sustainability, the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA)
wishes to put forth a series of recommendations for a review of the current WEEE Directive from
the perspective of specialized European recyclers’ first-hand experiences in the management of
WEEE.
EERA is the voice of WEEE recycling in Europe being the professional association for the
recycling and reprocessing industry. Our vision is for a resource efficient economy where WEEE
is managed as a resource and is returned into the economy as a raw material or as equipment
for re-use. A full recycling economy with market actors cooperating along the value chain, better
collection processes, high quality recycling, appropriate regulatory framework, eradication of
illegal practices and product design integrating a life-cycle approach is what EERA envisages.
Our mission is to achieve a level playing field for fair competition in the WEEE value chain,
harmonisation of regulations, effective and efficient recycling and reprocessing with prevention
of pollution, minimization of emissions and a high quality of secondary raw materials and
components.
Given the valuable and indispensable knowledge EERA members bring to the discussion on
WEEE management in Europe, an independent survey conducted by Sofies was carried out in the
form of an online questionnaire and intensive and focused interviews in order to gain recyclers’
views on the key points concerning the current WEEE Directive and its implementation in their
national contexts.
The aims of the Circular Economy Action Plan are ambitious and quality WEEE recyclers, united
in EERA, are eager to contribute to these goals, but the results of this survey show there is a need
for sustainable rules, clear thresholds and a climate that stimulates investments in new recycling
technologies.

Most importantly, the predominant takeaway from this survey is that there is an urgency to move
away from a Directive and towards a Regulation to address the striking lack of harmonisation (and
related negative impacts) between Member States WEEE management systems.

final-eera-report-13-1-22-2.pdf