Leading European take-back systems have linked together for the first time to form a joint venture – WEEE Europe AG.
REPIC, the largest WEEE producer compliance scheme in the UK, announced that it is one of the founding members of this unique alliance.
The newly founded joint venture (JV), with its headquarters in Munich, will enable European manufacturers and other market players to fulfil their various national WEEE recycling requirements.
The EU Directive WEEE regulates the taking back and the disposal of all types of old electrical and electronic goods.
Currently manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers as well as distributors of electric appliances and electronic devices, who are active in several European countries, are confronted with countless national laws. Every country has different requirements regarding registration and put on the market reporting when launching new products in order to ensure the proper collection and disposal at their end of life.
Christian Ludwig, WEEE Europe AG – “The administrative cost for all market players is huge – from mid-tier businesses to major corporations. Our aim is to simplify processes and to offer efficient solutions to fulfil the various national WEEE recycling registration and reporting requirements at a competitive price”
Christian Ludwig, CEO at WEEE Europe AG, is certain the planned services will be a great success: “The administrative cost for all market players is huge – from mid-tier businesses to major corporations. Our aim is to simplify processes and to offer efficient solutions to fulfil the various national WEEE recycling registration and reporting requirements at a competitive price.”
Talks with potential additional partners from other EU member states are under way. The aim is to provide an effective, efficient Europe-wide coverage of service, once operational activities start in January 2015.
Dr Phil Morton, CEO of REPIC and WEEE Europe board member, said: “We are delighted to be a founder member of this exciting joint venture, which uniquely retains the independence and autonomy of each of the national producer schemes, whilst simultaneously offering multi-country benefits to any producer partner in the WEEE Europe group of schemes.”