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ERP recycles two million tonnes of WEEE in Europe

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) has reached the milestone of recycling two million tonnes of WEEE since it started operations in Europe in 2005.

ERP claimed this achievement is the equivalent of removing eight million cars from the road for one year around Europe, preventing 21.7 million tonnes of C0² through the recovery of raw materials, and preventing the release of 3,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances.

Its processes have recovered 16 tonnes of gold, 130 tonnes of silver, and 60,000 tonnes of copper.

It has collected 26 million TVs, 45 million small domestic appliances, 11.5 million large domestic appliances and eight million cold electrical appliances.

The news coincides 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.

Umberto Raiteri, chief executive of ERP Europe, said: “ERP has worked hard to ensure that the regulatory environment provides the best possible conditions for all stakeholders to reuse 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.”

ERP reached one million tonnes of WEEE recycled in 2010.

  • This week the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) sent a letter to the industry confirming the end of WEEE evidence trading at Settlement Centres.

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