for Dummies

Wecycle for Dummies

A. Clients

Producers and importers have the statutory duty to collect and process used appliances.

Producers that market the same or comparable products have banded together in an attempt to achieve a better result. These foundations work together in the Association NVMP (Dutch Foundation Disposal Metalelectro Products) and attempt in this way to be even more effective.
To arrange the actual collection and recycling, the producers have established a service provider organisation called Wecycle.

B. Implementation

Wecycle is a management organisation: it does not have its own vehicles or its own recyclers. In principle, (almost) all the functions are subcontracted on the Dutch market.

The logistic service providers and the recycling partners are selected based on periodic tenders.

Wecycle has six main tasks:

  1. Acquisition of waste collectors
  2. Processing (recycling)
  3. Logistics
  4. Administration and reporting
  5. Communication
  6. Knowledge centre

1. Acquisition of waste collectors
The largest collector in the Netherlands is the municipality. Wecycle concluded a contract with 80% of the municipalities to hand in the collected appliances to Wecycle, which will then arrange the logistics and the recycling. Comparable contracts are concluded with shops.

2. Processing (recycling)
Processing (recycling) means that the appliances are disassembled, shredded and the resulting material sorted into a range of material fractions. These are then sold on for further refining and for reuse. Of course, first the undesired materials are removed.

3. Logistics
The hauliers are contracted by Wecycle to collect the e-waste from municipalities and shopkeepers. The hauliers take the used appliances to transhipment centres , where they are sorted. They then take the appliances to specialised processors (recyclers).

4. Administration
Wecycle maintains accurate records of participants, specified amounts and processing results (see database of confidential information ).
Wecycle is also responsible for the annual reports to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. With these reports, the producers account for the collection and processing.

5. Publicity campaigns
At the start of every successful collection system is an effective campaign that explains to consumers who want to dispose of something (the "disposer") what they can best do. In addition to the municipal information, Wecycle carries out a large number of campaigns to tempt the disposer to dispose of the equipment separately and therefore not to throw it out with the rubbish.

6. Knowledge centre
In the almost 20 years that Wecycle has worked on this challenge, a wealth of experience has been gained. Wecycle wants to share this knowledge with other countries and other systems. From research being done for NVMP and its own research Wecycle has gained a large amount of knowledge.

C. Costs and financing

In 2016, the implementation of the tasks mentioned cost on balance € 34 million.
The costs are charged to the producers. For a number of years, central government has provided the producers the opportunity to save for the costs of the 'outstanding appliances' by charging a disposal levy 'Outstanding appliances' refers to the number of appliances that had already been sold at the moment producer responsibility was introduced.
Today, an apportionment system is used for the appliances that are sold. Producers are invoiced for that proportion of the costs, after they have specified how much (numbers or weight) they have sold in a year.
The costs of appliances that are collected and processed today are financed from the provisions or from the apportionment system, dependent on the age of the collected appliance.

Dependent on the foundation to which a producer is affiliated, the producer must periodically (per quarter or per year) specify the numbers that it has marketed.
The entire system is not brand linked.
This is a consequence of the legislation, but also of practice.