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The WEEE Forum

The WEEE Forum is the world's largest multi-national centre of competence as regards operational know-how concerning the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (or ‘WEEE’, for short). It is a not-for-profit association of 36 WEEE producer responsibility organisations in Europe and globally and was founded in April 2002.

Through exchange of best practice and access to its reputable knowledge base toolbox, the WEEE Forum enables its members to improve their operations and be known as promoters of the circular economy.

Since their foundation, the PRO's of the WEEE Forum have collected, de-polluted and recycled or sent for preparation for re-use 21mt of WEEE

Over the years, producer responsibility organisations in the WEEE Forum have acquired substantial know-how on the technical aspects of collection, logistics and processing of WEEE. 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 million tonnes of WEEE. The members of the WEEE Forum are representative of the whole spectrum of manufacturing industry. Two thirds of the members are market leaders.

The WEEE Forum has designed and developed a number of platforms and software tools, allowing the producer responsibility organisations to benchmark their operations and have access to key data and intelligence.

The WEEE Forum is a vibrant community of producer responsibility organisations that are committed to tackling the challenge of electrical and electronic waste. For a conversation about what we do, please contact our Director General, Pascal Leroy.

Our history

In April 2002, six WEEE producer responsibility organisations with operations in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland founded the WEEE Forum. Today, the organisation counts thirty-six WEEE producer responsibility organisations from 25 countries.  All organisations are open, non-profit oriented compliance schemes run on behalf of producers or producer associations. This new European association allowed the compliance schemes to share best practices and to learn from one another.

All member organisations share the vision that the WEEE Forum should be a 'centre of excellence' for environmentally sound and efficient solutions for electronic waste collection, logistics and processing. Seeking a harmonised European approach has been the WEEE Forum's trademark and it is now reaching out globally to exchange best practice across the world.

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The WEEE Forum has developed high-quality, pan-European standards for the collection, handling, storage, transport, preparation for re-use, processing and disposal of WEEE and harmonised conformity verification guidelines (WEEELABEX). This private standard has been turned into EN 50625 standard, hosted at CENELEC.

Another example is WF-RepTool, a web-based software platform that allows the member organisations' treatment partners to report their recycling and recovery quotas. The tool is now available for recyclers directly. The Key Figures tool allows systems to benchmark their operations.

To date, the WEEE Forum has obtained European Union funding for its involvement in eight projects that were geared towards developing high quality treatment standards and conformity verification schemes, offering policy recommendations to counter illegal operations and practices, designing an urban mine platform and improving Europe’s resource efficiency, improving the efficiency of recycling of visual displays and activating circular services in the sector and optimising data collection for primary and secondary raw materials.