About us

Stichting OPEN, previously known as Wecycle, organises the collection and recycling of electrical appliances and energy-saving lighting (e-waste). Stichting OPEN aims to collect as much e-waste as possible and to this end collaborates with municipalities, second-hand shops, retailers, schools, clubs & associations and consumers. Stichting OPEN enables the responsible collection of e-waste on behalf of 1,600 producers and importers and guarantees high-grade recycling in environmental terms. Wecycle started operations in 1999 and its foundation was based on the ‘WEEE Management Decree’ of the Dutch government and an agreement with the branch associations of the EE Industry and became Stichting OPEN in 2021.

The producers and importers have to participate in a collective system or have to establish system of their own. Since 1 August 2004 the Dutch regulation is extended to the full scope of the European WEEE Directive. Until February 2011, Wecycle has been known under the name NVMP Foundation.


Stichting OPEN works on behalf of six producer foundations, whose combined membership totals over 1,600 producers and importers. These foundations are Stichting Bruingoed, Stichting LightRec Nederland, Stichting Metalektro Recycling, Stichting Verwijdering Centrale Ventilatoren, Stichting Verwijdering Elektrische Gereedschappen and Stichting Witgoed. In addition, Stichting OPEN renders services to the Dutch Association Disposal Metalelectro Products (NVMP Association) in which the client foundations coordinate their respective policies and determine the funding of the system.

Categories covered

LHHAfully covered
SHHAfully covered
IT&Tfully covered
CEfully covered
Lightingfully covered
Toolsfully covered
Toys/Leisure/Sportsfully covered
Medicalfully covered
M&Cfully covered
Autom. Disp.fully covered


Stichting OPEN



System Manager:

Jan Vlak


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The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association representing forty six producer responsibility organisations across the globe. Together with our members, we are at the forefront of turning the extended producer responsibility principle into an effective electronic waste management policy approach through our combined knowledge of the technical, business and operational aspects of collection, logistics, de-pollution, processing, preparing for reuse and reporting of e-waste. Our mission is to be the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre excelling in the implementation of the circularity principle.

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