Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as computers, TV-sets, fridges and cell phones is one the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, with some 9 million tones generated in 2005, and expected to grow to more than 12 million tons by 2020.
WEEE is a complex mixture of materials and components that because of their hazardous content, and if not properly managed, can cause major environmental and health problems. Moreover, the production of modern electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources (e.g. around 10% of total gold worldwide is used for their production).
To improve the environmental management of WEEE and to contribute to a circular economy and enhance resource efficiency the improvement of collection, treatment and recycling of electronics at the end of their life is essential. New WEEE 2012/19/EU Legislation Approved
In December 2008, the European Commission proposed to revise the Directive in order to tackle the fast increasing waste stream. The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and became effective on 14 February 2014.
Collection Rate - The onus is on Member States, not producers, to meet collection rates.
Until 31 December 2015, the collection rate remains at its current level of at least 4kg per inhabitant per year.
From 1 Jan 2016, for most EU Member States, the collection rate shall be 45 % of the average weight of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the preceding three years.
From 2019, the collection rate will be increased to 65% of the average weight of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the preceding three years, or alternatively 85% of WEEE generated in that Member State.
Recovery and recycling rates
Remain at current levels for the next three years.
After three years, recycling rates are to be increased by 5% (see appendix V to 2012/19/EU).
After six years, new recovery and recycling rates for the six categories are planned (for recovery, between 75% and 85%, for recycling between 55% and 80%).
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Cycleon-Recare is part of the Reverse Logistics Group (RLG). Facilitating closed material loops by providing next-generation returns and recycling management solutions, RLG helps its customers conserve or return value and valuable resources - across country borders and throughout the whole product life cycle.
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