European Recycling Platform (ERP) has supported INSEAD business school in conducting a study on the future of extended producer responsibility.
The publication of the report coincided with the 14 February 2014 deadline for the transposition of the WEEE Directive Recast into national legislation in EU member states.
The Recast Directive introduces significantly higher collection targets across Europe.
The aim of the report is to explore recent advances in extended producer responsibility. It also discusses pending issues, with particular emphasis on the WEEE Directive and its Recast.
Based on a series of interviews with stakeholders – local and national government, producer compliance schemes, producers and trade associations – the report analyses the perspectives and key concerns regarding the implementation of extended producer responsibility.
Umberto Raiteri, ERP Europe –“ERP has worked hard to ensure that the regulatory environment provides the best possible conditions for all stakeholders to re-use and recycle electronic waste”
The white paper also identifies five factors that have the potential to limit or disrupt the effectiveness of extended producer responsibility systems and recommends a number of legal and operational mechanisms to ensure long-term stability.
ERP supported INSEAD’s research to commemorate an important milestone in the company’s development: the recycling of over 2m tonnes of WEEE since the start of ERP’s operations in Europe.
Recycling 2m tonnes of WEEE is the equivalent of removing 8m cars from the road for one year around Europe. This activity has also prevented the emission of 21.7m tonnes of C0² through the recovery of raw materials, and prevented the release of 3,000 tonnes of ozone depleting substances.
“We are delighted with our 2m tonne collection achievement to date,” said Umberto Raiteri, Chief Executive of ERP Europe. “We therefore took this opportunity to support INSEAD with their timely and interesting research into the future of extended producer responsibility.
“ERP has worked hard to ensure that the regulatory environment provides the best possible conditions for all stakeholders to re-use and recycle electronic waste. We are now looking to the future and to building the right conditions that will ensure many more million tonnes of WEEE are treated safely and effectively.”
European Recycling Platform (ERP) is the only pan-European organisation offering producer compliance for WEEE, batteries and packaging.
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