ERP reaches 2 million tonnes WEEE recycling landmark

Graphic: European Recycling Platform

Paris, France — The European Recycling Platform begins 2014 with a new milestone. It has recycled over 2 million tonnes of WEEE since it began operating in Europe. This is the equivalent of removing 8 million cars from European roads for an entire year. „We are delighted with our 2 million tonne collection landmark“, said Umberto Raiteri, ERP CEO. „The life span of electrical goods has decreased dramatically.“

And he added: „As newer and better products are continually launched onto the market, consumers upgrade and discard obsolete models. Staying ahead of the continuous production of WEEE is a true challenge. ERP is the only true pan-European compliance scheme, perfectly positioned to assist communities to recycle WEEE and industry to meet the increase in compliance targets across Europe in line with environmental regulations.“

ERP recycling and take-back services have:

  • saved 9 billion kWh of primary energy, equivalent to the power used by half a million homes, or the whole of Luxemburg, for one year;
  • collected 2 million tonnes of WEEE, equivalent to the weight of 250,000 elephants, 45,455 trucks or 3500 fully loaded Airbus 380s, the largest operating airplane;
  • recovered Gold (16 tonnes), Silver (130 tonnes) and Copper (60,000 tonnes): These metals are then reused to produce new electrical appliances, without the need to mine more raw materials. For example, in order to extract one ounce of gold, one tonne of rock needs to be extracted, while an open pit gold mine consumes up to 900,000 litres of water per day;
  • managed up 26 million TV’s, 45 million small domestic appliances, 11.5 million large domestic appliances and 8 million cold electrical appliances.

This important milestone coincides with the upcoming transposition of the WEEE Directive Recast (February 2014) which was requiring all Member States to implement the WEEE Directive Recast. At the moment only few Member States have published the related local new legislation, while the majority of States are still evaluating how and when the new compliance requirements and targets will be implemented.

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) recently announced details of its EuropePlus Package ensuring electrical device producers and importers are best placed to meet their compliance obligations as industry braces itself for the transposition of the WEEE Directive recast before the February 2014 deadline. ERP is the only true pan-European compliance scheme, trusted by over 2,400 members across Europe, and now with the extension and enhancement of its EuropePlus Package it is first to the market offering its Europe-wide compliance expertise for WEEE and Batteries.

Source: European Recycling Platform (ERP)