Making standards mandatory for WEEE treatment

Producers, producer responsibility organisations represented in the WEEE Forum, and recyclers campaign to convince decision-makers to make the EN 50625 suite of standards legally binding in order to level the WEEE playing field in Europe.

We invite Member States to consider integrating the standards’ specifications into law.

Collectively, we invite Member States to consider integrating the standards’ specifications into law and to demand the Commission to lay down an Implementing Act. France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Slovenia and Luxembourg are the only EU Member States that have made the standards mandatory. The PRO in the WEEE Forum have played an important role to argue the case of mandatory standards.

In February 2019 the WEEE Forum organised a dinner in Brussels that brought together decision makers and industry to discuss the case for introducing mandatory standards and continues to push this as a priority. Later in 2019, the WEEE Forum ,along with industry bodies, APPLiA, DIGITALEUROPE, EERA and Orgalim, submitted a paper to the European Commission in response to its consideration of preparing possible Implementing Acts laying down minimum quality standards for treatment of WEEE. The paper puts the view that it is crucial that this is done in strict accordance with the European standards for WEEE (EN 50625 & EN 50614). This paper can be accessed through the button below.