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 44 WEEE producer responsibility organisations across the world 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
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 nine 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.