Nine of the largest WEEE producer compliance schemes in Europe have joined forces in a new joint venture to enable manufacturers to fulfil their various national WEEE recycling requirements in a ‘one-stop-shop’ from January 2015.
Among the member schemes of the newly formed JV, WEEE Europe AG, is the UK’s largest WEEE producer compliance scheme, Repic.
Dr Phil Morton, CEO of REPIC and WEEE Europe board member, explained that the new joint venture will retain the independence and autonomy of each of the national producer schemes, whilst simultaneously offering multi-country benefits to any producer partner in the WEEE Europe group of schemes.
According to Repic, currently manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as distributors of electric appliances and electronic devices, who are active in several European countries, are confronted with numerous national laws.
Every country has different requirements regarding registration and reporting when launching new products in order to ensure the proper collection and disposal at their end of life.
“The administrative cost for all market players is huge - from mid-tier businesses to major corporations,” commented Christian Ludwig, CEO of WEEE Europe.
“Our aim is to simplify processes and to offer efficient solutions to fulfil the various national WEEE recycling registration and reporting requirements at a competitive price,” he added.
Talks with potential additional partners from other EU member states were said to be under way.
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