About: e-waste

Circular economy 03-07-2018

Thailand: The rich world’s new dumpsite for e-waste

Thailand has become one of the largest dumpsites for electronic waste from developed countries since China’s January ban on the import of plastic waste. EURACTIV’s partner Le Journal de l’environnement reports.
Only one third of e-waste is properly recycled in the EU

Only one third of EU’s e-waste recycled properly

More than two thirds of metal appliances and tech products that are thrown away in the EU are processed illegally and some leak toxins into the environment that can have dangerous health effects. Researchers said Europe has an electronic waste problem.
An e-Waste collection centre in South America [Photo: Curtis Palmer, Flickr]

Fitting e-waste into the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / Phones, computers, washing machines - integrating a few core principles, such as the waste hierarchy, into the manufacturing of these products can reduce their environmental impact and allow for a functioning circular economy, according to analysts.

African nations vow tougher stance on dumping of electronic waste

African nations have called for continent-wide action to staunch the import of electronic waste, including old computers and mobile telephones from Europe where stringent environmental laws make exporting used goods cheaper than disposing of them at home.

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

At least 85% of electrical and electronic waste generated in the European Union will have to be recycled by 2020 under new rules that took effect today (13 August).

West African nations pay a price for EU e-waste

Europeans are barred from exporting hazardous electronic waste to other countries, yet research shows there is a flourishing export market of such junk to Africa.

MEPs approve tougher rules on electronic waste

The European Parliament yesterday (19 January) approved legislation to strengthen the recovery of computers and other electronic and electrical waste while tightening exports of used goods to developing countries, ending months of hard-fought negotiations.
Christian Verscheuren

Small volume electronic waste remains a problem under WEEE

A legal obligation for retail stores to take back all electronic waste free of charge from customers may sound appealing, writes Christian Verschueren from EuroCommerce. But in reality, such a 'one-size-fits-all' approach cannot work, he warns.

EU on collision course over e-waste collection

The European Parliament and the 27 EU member states are set for difficult negotiations over the recast of the bloc’s electronic waste directive as MEPs insist on ambitious targets for collecting and recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste than the member states can accept.

MEPs want curbs on illegal e-waste shipments

The EU needs to increase checks on electronic waste exports to avoid illegal dumping and stop the shipment of valuable and sometimes rare raw materials outside the bloc, MEPs in the European Parliament's environment committee said, voting to update EU rules on the disposal of waste electronic equipment yesterday (22 June).

Analysts slam EU’s e-waste recast

As the EU institutions discuss updating the bloc's 2003 electronic waste directive, researchers argue that the hasty recast ignores important topics, such as scarcity of some key raw materials, which have since climbed up the EU agenda.
Climate change 23-10-2009

Ministers challenge Commission’s e-waste recycling review

A European Commission proposal to introduce binding lists of electronic products for recycling would limit EU legislators' ability to follow market developments in this highly innovative sector, EU environment ministers said yesterday (21 October).
Climate change 16-10-2009

Headaches ahead for e-waste recycling

As the EU prepares to review its electronic waste legislation, industry is calling for a reality check of a European Commission proposal setting binding waste collection targets for manufacturers and making them pay for collecting consumers' scrap.
Climate change 30-01-2009

Commission, industry clash over electronic waste collection

European Commission and business representatives squabbled over whether to make manufacturers pay for collecting consumers' waste yesterday (29 January), during a debate on the proposed review of an EU directive on recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). 

Commission tables electronic waste recycling review

Electronic equipment manufacturers fear that a proposed review of an EU directive on recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment will result in producers having to pay for household collection.
Climate change 18-10-2007

Environment: Commission launches 36 infringement proceedings

Over 15 member states have been targeted in legal proceedings over non-compliance with environmental legislation, as the Commission steps up its effort to improve the implementation of EU law in this area.
Climate change 14-06-2007

‘Harmonisation needed’ in e-waste Directive (WEEE)

The EU's WEEE Directive to collect and recycle electronic waste has created a heavy administrative burden for companies that is exacerbated by the multitude of national systems, says Kirstie McIntyre from HP.

Waste Prevention and Recycling

European responses to waste generation have been fragmented (twelve directives since the 1970s) and inefficient until now. The Commission's proposed Thematic Strategy (21 Dec. 2005) sets up a framework for a holistic review of the existing EU waste policy, based on prevention and recycling.
Climate change 12-03-2007

Member states urged to take action on ‘e-waste’

Consumer electronic manufacturers including Sony, Nokia and HP, and NGOs ranging from Greenpeace to Friends of the Earth, have called on the Commission to take action against 11 member states that have transposed the WEEE directive without making producers fully responsible for the recycling of electrical and electronic products.
Public Affairs 09-01-2007

‘Worldwide implications’ from EU electro-chemical waste restriction

Tough EU policies on electronic and chemical waste will influence markets, the environment and regulations worldwide, according to a study by two US academic experts with several countries already introducing similar laws.  
Climate change 29-06-2006

Ministers call for concrete measures on waste prevention

The Environment Council has emphasised the importance of keeping a clear waste hierarchy that puts the priority on prevention, thereby soothing green NGO fears that it wanted to prioritise incineration for generating energy.
Climate change 14-06-2006

Experts criticise muddled EU waste proposals

The Commission's proposals on waste are foggy on key definitions that are at the heart of the new strategy focusing on life-cycle thinking, a panel of MEPs, business and NGO experts agreed.

Commission opts for hands-off approach on waste policy

The proposed new waste strategy seeks to cut waste generation and boost recycling and recovery through a new 'life-cycle' approach. But it leaves the thorny issue of recycling and prevention targets to EU states.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The directive on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) aims to increase the re-use, recycling and recovery of waste from a variety of consumer products ranging from light bulbs to PCs, mobile phones, medical devices and sports equipment. The WEEE directive is complemented by a directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. The two directives came into force in 2003 but have come under fire for being too complicated, too costly and even for being impossible to implement.