The WEEE Forum, the global group for e-waste producer responsibility organisations (PROs), has boosted its membership to 43 and is now represented on every continent.
Recent new members are EcoCómputo and Red Verde from Colombia; ERA, South Africa; EEPA, Lithuania; and Ecolec, Spain. Pascal Leroy, director general of the WEEE Forum says e-waste (WEEE) is increasingly recognised as a priority waste stream across the world, prompting the establishment of such organisations to lead the way in formalising e-waste collection, treatment and reporting in their countries. ‘The WEEE Forum offers these organisations access to its network and knowledge base and, in return, gains from these emerging PROs’ new approaches and attitudes towards e-waste,’ he says. ‘We are pleased to be able to welcome new members in Colombia and South Africa on top of recent additions in Nigeria, India, Australia, and Canada, as well as new members in Lithuania and Spain that add to our strong European base.’
Worldwide e-waste levels are rising by around 3% per annum and are expected to reach in excess of 74 million tonnes in 2030 according to UN research. WEEE producer responsibility organisations are emerging across the globe, often ahead of the implementation of legislation in the countries in which they are based. As a result, they can help to shape collection infrastructure and influence how e-waste legislation is developed.
Phil Morton, global ambassador of the WEEE Forum adds: ‘Our efforts to reach out to stakeholders in the e-waste sector across the world are to ensure e-waste sits high on the global environmental agenda. PROs in countries that are developing producer responsibility regulations can benefit hugely from joining the WEEE Forum and tapping into our experienced network.’
The WEEE Forum recently introduced an initiative for linking new PROs with existing members so each can share knowledge, information and exchange staff.
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