A thought paper for International E-waste Day 2022
Consumption rates of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) have grown drastically in the last few decades, causing a rapid increase in the amount of e-waste generated. On average, the total weight of global EEE consumption excluding photovoltaic panels increases by 2.5 million metric tonnes every year. The collection of e-waste is important to help prepare for potential material shortages and supply chain disruption, to improve environmental and human health conditions, to create jobs, reduce the digital divide and ultimately shift to a circular economy. E-waste collection is increasingly being carried out in response to regulation where the extended producer responsibility (EPR) principle is the driver. Within EPR, the manufacturers are responsible for the environmental impact of their products.
As part of a collaboration for International E-Waste Day 2022, The International Telecommunication Union, the WEEE Forum, and StEP have prepared this thought paper presenting complementary solutions and concepts to propel e-waste collection rates in line with EPR-based regulation, whilst also delving into the perceived need for an international regime around EPR to assist with harmonization efforts.
Read the full thought paper here:
The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association representing 51 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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