After nearly two decades since the creation of EU legislation on WEEE and the concerted effort of producer responsibility organisations (PRO), producers and many other actors, and despite the continuous growth of the tonnages of WEEE that are collected, most Member States have not reached the WEEE collection targets.

UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, highlights in its latest study the factors that impede formal/official collection and concludes that, in order to achieve the minimum collection rate, Member States have to divert a high proportion of WEEE that is currently disposed of in the general waste bin, reduce most of the WEEE that is mixed with metal scrap, reduce illegal exports of WEEE and start to monitor used EEE exports to distinguish illegal WEEE from legitimate used EEE exports and report professional WEEE.

The WEEE Forum will host an online event on 24 November 2020 where the UNITAR report will be presented (more details and agenda). The European Commission will deliver the keynote presentation, and a panel composed of key actors on the WEEE market will discuss the WEEE Forum’s vision for Extended Producer Responsibility.

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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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