WEEE Forum and EucoLight raise concerns about WEEE compliance of online retailers

At a seminar on 13 September 2017 in Brussels, the WEEE Forum and EucoLight, two European trade associations that speak for e-waste producer responsibility organisations, will facilitate a high-level debate around the compliance of online retail platforms with EU e-waste (WEEE) legislation and ways to address free-riding behaviour among online sellers.

The OECD will present their report, which estimates the level of non-compliance in online retail sales and proposes a number of legislative initiatives to solve the problem.

Other presenters and panellists include the European WEEE Registers Network, the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland, Dell, the European Commission and representatives of the e-commerce sector.
Commenting on the seminar, Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO and EucoLight board member, said “We are very pleased that this important issue is being given the high profile that it deserves. Non-compliance with the WEEE directive has negative environmental consequences and it put compliant producers at a competitive disadvantage. We look forward to hearing how the issue may be tackled.”

Pedro Nazareth, Amb3E CEO and WEEE Forum board member, will also present at the seminar, on which he said “Many e-sales platforms and businesses fail to register with producer responsibility organizations in OECD/EU member states even though they are acting as distant sellers. The seminar will be a great opportunity to identify issues and potential solutions.”

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About EucoLight:

EucoLight is The European association of collection and recycling organisations for WEEE lamps and lighting. On behalf of its 19 members, EucoLight engages with everything related to the WEEE Directive, legislations and standards affecting the collection and recycling of WEEE lighting. EucoLight members collect and recycle, in aggregate, 79 % of the lamps waste collected in the 18 countries in which they operate.

EucoLight is the voice of European WEEE compliance schemes specialised in managing the collection and recycling of WEEE lighting; working to make the circular economy a reality for lighting products.

Founded mid-2015, EucoLight has quickly embarked into constructive dialogue with relevant stakeholders to provide expertise in the field of management and treatment of WEEE lighting and to promote the positive role of Extended Producer Responsibility schemes on the environment and society.

For more information, visit the EucoLight website www.eucolight.org, follow EucoLight on Twitter @EucoLight or contact the Secretary General, Marc Guiraud (marc.guiraud@eucolight.org).

About WEEE Forum:

The WEEE Forum, set up in 2002, is a Brussels-based European not-for-profit association speaking for 33 not for-profit electrical and electronic equipment waste (WEEE) producer compliance schemes – alternatively referred to as ‘producer responsibility organisations’ (PRO).

The 33 PROs are based in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Greece, France, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

It is the biggest organisation of its kind in the world. In 2016, its member organisations reported collection and proper de-pollution and recycling of 2,100,000 tonnes of WEEE. Members in 2016: Amb3E, Appliances Recycling, ASEKOL, Australia New Zealand Recycling Platform, Ecodom, Eco-systèmes, Ecotic, ECOTIC, EES-Ringlus, EGIO, Electrocyclosis Cyprus, ElektroEko, Elektrowin, El-Kretsen, elretur, Environ, Fotokiklosi, Norsirk, Recipo, Recupel, Remedia, RENAS, Repic, Retela, RoRec, SENS e-Recycling, SWICO, UFH, Úrvinnslusjóður, Wecycle, WEEE Ireland, WEEE Malta and Zeos.

Contact: pascal.leroy@weee-forum.org. Website: www.weee-forum.org.