International Association of Electronic Waste Producer Responsibility Organisations
Tackling the e-waste challenge
Tackling the e-waste challenge
Only 20% of global e-waste is recycled each year, which means that 40 million tonnes of e-waste is either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way, and this is despite 66% of the world’s population being covered by e-waste legislation.
International E-Waste Day has been developed by the WEEE Forum to help to address this huge issue and promote global e-waste recycling. 112 organisations from 48 countries across the world got involved in the most recent International E-Waste Day, on 14th October 2019, by arranging their own activities to unite in tackling the e-waste challenge.
In 2020, the WEEE Forum, the voice of thirty-six, soon thirty-nine, electronic waste producer responsibility organisations in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, will celebrate 18 years of excellence as a leader in the e-waste sector.
To mark this occasion, a special international conference of the WEEE Forum will be held on 27-28 May 2020 in the beautiful city of Lucerne in Switzerland. Switzerland has been chosen as the perfect location for the celebrations, for the country has the longest track record of e-waste management in the whole world. SENS eRecycling, the éminence grise among the world’s collection schemes and one of the founders of the WEEE Forum, will be the conference host and co-organiser.
In sync with the new European Commission’s vision of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, the conference will centre on what the e-waste sector is doing to mitigate the climate crisis and how digitalisation across the e-value chain is contributing to establishing a Circular Economy. It will discuss what is needed to have all actors contribute to the Circular Economy.
The WEEE Forum will welcome 220 delegates from different strands of the sector to engage in interactive discussions with senior EU and government officials, captains of industry and society’s movers and shakers.
We invite you to save the date of the conference and will circulate further details early 2020.
There are currently 36 members of the WEEE Forum. These members are not-for-profit WEEE producer responsibility organisations (or ‘producer compliance schemes’) mainly in Europe, but we have recently expanded globally and are now pleased to include members from North America and Australasia.
Our members represent electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers covering the whole spectrum of production from small electronic devices, such as cellphones, through to large household appliances like refrigerators and other large items, for example photovoltaic panels.
Since their foundation, the producer responsibility organisations of the WEEE Forum have collected, de-polluted and recycled or sent for preparation for re-use 21.4 million tonnes of WEEE, 2.4 million tonnes of this was collected in 2018, which was almost two thirds of WEEE collected in Europe during that year.
In addition, our members operate over 114,000 WEEE collection points and two thirds of them are market leaders in their countries.
The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association speaking for 36 not-for-profit e-waste producer responsibility organisations (PROs). Our mission is to help the PROs succeed operationally, take back and report e-waste efficiently and be known as members of the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre and as promoters of a circular economy. We engage in the general debate on e-waste policy matters, in Europe and globally.
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