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One-stop shop targets WEEE efficiency in Europe

Europe – Nine of Europe’s take-back systems for used electronics have joined forces to form a one-stop shop in order to make it easier for manufacturers to fulfill their various national waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling requirements from January 2015.

Among the members of this new Munich-based platform, named WEEE Europe, are Repic in the UK, Sens Recycling in Switzerland and Wecycle in the Netherlands – all of which are responsible for the national collection and recycling of electrical and electronic products.

Currently, manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors of electrical appliances and electronic devices who are active in several European countries are confronted with numerous national laws and with registration and reporting requirements when launching new products so as to ensure proper collection and disposal at their end of life.

Christian Ludwig, ceo of WEEE Europe, believes the planned services will be a great success. ‘The administrative cost for all market players is huge,’ he says. ‘Our aim is to simplify processes and to offer efficient solutions to fulfil the various national registration and reporting requirements at a competitive price.’

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