European standards
for WEEE

European standards for WEEE

woensdag 1 februari

In accordance with the requirement in the WEEE directive (article 8.5), the European Commission requested European Standardization Organisations (ESOs) to develop European standards (ENs) for the collection, logistics and treatment, including recovery, recycling and preparing for re-use, of WEEE.

The process of making standards is transparent and consensus-based. The European Standards (ENs) are reviewed every 5 years and the Technical Specifications (TS) every 3 years, thereby reflecting the state-of-the-art of technologies and market needs, and they can be used to support legislation. Standards have a harmonizing effect and can remove trade barriers and enhance economic growth.

The development of the European standards for WEEE was broadly supported by stakeholders working in the field of electronic and electrical equipment.

Experts from national committees participated, as well as producers´ federations, take-back systems and the recycling industry. NGOs and independent experts and scientists were also involved in the development of the standards.

The objectives of the standards are to:

  • Assist treatment operators in fulfilling the requirements of the WEEE Directive without placing unnecessary administrative burdens on operators of any size, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Give additional guidance to operators.
  • Cover the treatment of waste from all products within the extended scope of the WEEE Directive.
  • Cover the collection and logistics of WEEE to allow proper treatment.

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3 februari 2017