Small WEEE: improving their takeback

April 14th, 2021

The European Commission aims to improve the separate collection of small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), such as mobile phones or tablets, and has contracted a study to evaluate possible policy options. The study is being conducted by the consultancy Ramboll.

At a recent workshop, the company presented its first interim results and discussed them with stakeholders. Landbell Group company European Recycling Platform (ERP) took part in the workshop.

The study aims to assess opportunities and challenges associated with the collection of small WEEE, to present an overview of different takeback schemes and to provide recommendations to improve collection.

At the workshop, stakeholders were particularly interested in the study’s draft recommendations which include financial incentives for consumers, door-to-door services and a database of drop-off points. Stakeholders particularly requested the definition of clear criteria for distinguishing between EEE and WEEE (end-of-waste criteria).

ERP has already participated in a stakeholder survey on the topic that was carried out by Ramboll last year (see earlier COMPASS article). The final study is set to be published in April.

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