EERA regularly publishes papers. Presentations in workshops and conferences are frequently given to express the views of the recyclers. Position papers, brochures and relevant other publications can be found here. Work documents, minutes of meetings and results of surveys and research documents are only available for members.
Feedback on “Study on Quality Standards for the Treatment of WEEE”
EERA, the European Electronics Recyclers Association, has taken note of the four books (background documents) that constitute the study on quality standards for the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
EERA strongly supports Option One over the other options presented in BD III “Options for EU WEEE treatment requirements”. For many years EERA has expressed the view that it is of great importancethat the European Commission adopt an Implementing Regulation, in accordance with the provisions laid down in article 8(5) of the Directive, to make compliance with and certification to the EN 50625 and EN 501614, covering the collection, logistics, preparation for reuse and treatment of WEEE, mandatory in Europe. This is the best way forward to create a level playing field across the EU.
Read the full feedback by using the link:
EERA report highlights huge scavenging problem across Europe
The scavenging of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) across Europe, which essentially means e-waste or components of e-waste, stolen or misappropriated for financial gain, is a huge problem which has been highlighted by the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA).
In 2019, EERA Members and other EU recyclers provided data relating to 2018 levels of scavenging, encompassing 520,000 tonnes of WEEE treated in 43 treatment locations across 9 different countries. Astoundingly, according to the report findings, the value of scavenged materials in 2018 was €151 million.
Apart from the financial losses to waste compliance schemes and compliant recycling companies, there is a massive impact on the environment which cannot be ignored.
To give just one example, the scavenging level of compressors is very concerning due to the release of ozone depleting gasses contained in the refrigeration circuit into the environment. According to EERA’s research, this would equal 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, or the annual emissions of 2 million cars.
Read the report in full along with the recommendations made by Sofies, who conducted the study. eera-scavenging-folder-online-4.pdf
Opposing policies of the WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) undermine growth in the
proper treatment of WEEE in Europe.
Article 16, paragraph 4: “Member states shall collect information, including
substantiated estimates, on annual basis, on the quantities and categories of EEE placed
on their markets, collected through all routes, prepared for re-use, recycled and
recovered within the Member State, and on separately collected WEEE exported by weight.”
EERA believes that these substantiated estimated volumes are affecting the proper collection, logistics and treatment of WEEE. Informal collections/recycling volumes are 34% of the EU total. These substantiated estimated volumes are often based on analysis of the input material of large shredders.
EERA highlights the unfairness of the use of substantiated estimates. EERA recommends that Member States should be restricted in the continued use of substantiated estimates and a definitive timeline set out for them to be eliminated.
EERA technical guidance document.
Safe collection and transport of electronic equipment with lithium batteries.
Understanding ADR rules made easy.
The situation with respect to the recast POP regulation is becoming very critical and the way it looks now it could be very negative for the recycling of WEEE Plastics in particular and with seriousconsequences for the recycling of WEEE in general. The original position of the ENVIE committee in
the European Parliament was that the UTC value for concentrations of decaBDE should be equal to or below 10 mg/kg (0,001 % by weight) when it occurs in substances, mixtures, articles. When this will be adopted by Parliament and Council, it will mean that recycling of WEEE plastics will becomeimpossible in Europe.
EERA proposes the following amendment, which would allow WEEE plastics industry to continue to work.
Please find here the amendment proposal recast POP PBDE
The new brochure responsible recycling of CRT's is published.
This study, gives reliable insight in the operational costs of compliant recycling of WEEE and the widespread selective "scavenging"of products and components and materials.
13 EERA members, encompassing 27 treatment locations in 13 countries for a total volume reported of 465,000 tons, provided data over 2016., for various collection categories.
Open link for results and recommendations in this publication.
Joint position on the Recast of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation (EC 850/2004)
Impact on plastics recycling of setting a disproportionately low unintentional trace contaminant (UTC) threshold (10 mg/kg) for decaBDE in Annex I of the POP Regulation.
There is a serious concern on the amendments tabled by the European Parliament to set, in Annex I of the EU POP Regulation, a limit regarding the “unintentional trace contaminant” (UTC) for decaBDE at concentrations “equal to or below 10 mg/kg (0.001 % by weight) [i.e. 10 ppm] when it occurs in substances, mixtures, articles or as constituents of the flame-retarded parts of articles “.
EERA published a brochure which decribes how WEEE recyclers treat mixed plastics with Best Available Technology in compliance with WEEE and POP regulation
Link to the call for Tender (e Tender):
The European Commission DG Environment, comissioned a study WEEE Compliance Promotion Exercise in 2017. The final report is published. Click here to download a copy of the final report of the WEEE Compliance Promotion Exercise.
Presentation dr. Jaco Huisman, IERC Salzburg 2018
Why is the majority of the waste of electronics products not reported?
Cenelec published the brochure European standards for WEEE (January 2017)