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Recycling of e-waste plastics

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Electric and electronic scrap represents a growing share of plastic waste, but most of it is currently not recycled because of inappropriate collection schemes and difficulties in dealing with the harmful chemical substances they may contain.
Energy 28-02-2019

As EU tries to make household appliances more efficient, consumers remain to be convinced

European legislation has made appliances like washing machines and dishwashers even more water and energy efficient than washing clothes and dishes by hand. The next step is to connect these appliances to the web and allow them to act independently.
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.

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.

Ministers back moderate ambitions on electronic waste

After the European Parliament last month called for an ambitious 85% e-waste collection target, EU environment ministers this week backed European Commission proposals for a 65% quota and postponed its implementation by four years.

Parliament backs ambitious e-waste policy

The European Parliament backed new targets for collecting and recycling electronic waste yesterday (3 February), but said producers alone could not be left to cover the cost of collecting e-waste from private households.

Waste and recycling: EU can do better

Despite a marked improvement in some countries, new statistics show that waste keeps piling up in most EU member states, suggesting that further effort is required for the bloc to become a "recycling society" that avoids waste and uses it as a resource.

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).
Public Affairs 22-04-2010

Solar industry divided over EU toxic substances law

Solar panel manufacturers are fighting to be excluded from EU legislation restricting the use of dangerous chemicals in electronic products. But some voices are calling for greater scrutiny of the industry, illustrating a technology war between rival companies.

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 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.
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.
Climate change 20-07-2006

EU plans revision of intricate e-waste laws

Broad disparities in the way EU directives on electric and electronic waste are interpreted at national level have prompted the Commission to start reviewing the laws even before they started to apply on 1 July.

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.
Climate change 09-09-2003

Electrical waste: MEPs agree to modification of producer responsibility rules

On 8 September, the EP Environment Committee gave its support to a Commission proposal amending the rules for producer responsibility in the Directive on waste from electrical and electronic equipment.
Climate change 20-12-2002

EP and Council formally adopt tough new rules for electronic waste

On 18 December, the Parliament and the council gave their final approval on the draft directives on the electronic waste (WEEE) and on the use of hazardous substances in electrical equipment (ROHS).
Climate change 14-10-2002

Conciliation compromise defines rules for electronic waste

On 11 October, the Conciliation Committee between the Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the electronic waste directive (WEEE). The compromise accepted the parliament's demand for individual producer responsibility.
Climate change 11-04-2002

Parliament strengthens producer responsibility for electronic waste

On 10 April 2002, the European Parliament adopted its opinion on the draft directives on electronic waste and hazardous substances. Contrary to the Council's recommendation, the MEPs voted for individual producer responsibility and raised the compulsory collection targets.