Earlier this month, Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection granted a permit to ERP’s joint venture Ecommunity to operate a take-back scheme for WEEE and batteries in Israel.
ERP and local company Ecology signed a joint venture agreement at the end of 2013 to manage the compliance scheme Ecommunity, which will operate WEEE and battery take-back activities in Israel.
The WEEE and Battery Take-Back Act passed the Knesset’s summer session last year and will enter into force on 1 March 2014. The Act sets ambitious recycling and collection targets, which grow annually to reach a return rate of 50 percent by 2020. The Act also sets fines for producers and importers that fail to meet these targets.
ERP manages 27 compliance schemes across Europe and has an extensive international reverse supply chain network.
Umberto Raiteri, ERP – “The entrance of the global recycling expert ERP is a significant and exciting event, as well as an expression of confidence in the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection and its leader Minister Amir Peretz who is heading the recycling revolution in Israel”
The new operation in Israel is part of ERP’s expansion strategy to deliver global compliance solutions to international producers and local importers of electronic goods and batteries.
This comes alongside the re-launch of its EuropePlus Package, which offers compliance services to producers in over 40 countries across Europe and beyond.
Umberto Raiteri, President and CEO of ERP, said: “We have sealed a partnership agreement which will deliver immediate solutions to both international producers and local importers of electronic equipment and batteries. International producers will benefit from ERP’s knowledge of international compliance markets while local importers will benefit from our experience in building cost-effective compliance solutions. This official operating permit from the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection is further evidence of the quality of our services and I am very proud of that fact.”
“The entrance of the global recycling expert ERP is a significant and exciting event, as well as an expression of confidence in the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection and its leader Minister Amir Peretz who is heading the recycling revolution in Israel. I would also like to confirm the value of our partnership with ERP in terms of promoting the electronic waste recycling industry in Israel,” adds Yossi Ben Shalom, Ecommunity Chairman of the Board.
European Recycling Platform (ERP) is the only pan-European organisation offering producer compliance for WEEE, batteries and packaging. ERP was founded in 2002 as the first pan-European organisation to implement the European Union’s regulations on the recycling of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE Directive). ERP now manages a consolidated network and has developed vast international expertise, expanding its recycling services to include batteries as well as packaging.