by Maria Pribila

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ERP’s WEEE recycling standard was approved by the EPEAT office as audit standard for the end-of-life Management

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) is the ideal partner for producers of eco-friendly electronic devices. Its technical standard TS.EW.001 for WEEE recycling operators has recently been recognized as a compatible audit standard to fulfil EPEAT end–of-life requirements for the category of PCs and Displays. EPEAT is a global rating system for environmentally preferable electronics, strengthening the visibility of products with superior environmental performance.

End-of-life management requirements are an important part of EPEAT and its certification, among which the requirement “auditing of recycling vendors” is increasingly gaining importance. Among the eligible recycling standards, ERP’s standard is acknowledged for all EU and EFTA countries. As of today ERP has already certified 34 recyclers according to this standard in 9 EU and EFTA countries.

“ERP has been an expert in end-of-life management of waste electronics since 2002 and is the only group of compliance schemes directly present in 15 European countries”, says Umberto Raiteri, CEO & President of ERP. “The recent EPEAT recognition adds to a wide range of national and Europe-wide quality standards accomplished by our waste management and compliance services. The criteria that ERP applies to its treatment and recycling partners follow the highest environmental standards and we are happy about the recognition which once more acknowledges our environmental excellence.”

Various producers are active in many European countries and appreciate ERP’s cross-border compliance services. Customers benefit from the full traceability of the electronics’ reverse supply chain, as ERP takes over the handling of different waste legislation and administrative challenges on transboundary shipments in as many as 30 countries.

ERP’s TS.EW.001 standard defines minimum requirements to be fulfilled by treatment operators conducting activities of WEEE handling, storage and treatment. With its regular ambitious audits of the recycling vendor chain, ERP ensures that the service offered to its customers and members complies with the legal and statutory requirements and ERP’s own high quality requirements.

To achieve EPEAT certification, producers have to fulfil 10 strict sets of environmental attributes, from design to production to longevity for each product. With its proven high quality end-of-life management, ERP supports its customers with certification in order to promote their products by empowering consumers, resellers and others to easily identify environmentally preferable electronic and electrical devices.