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.
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
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)