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European authorities group together over WEEE

A newly formed group of European local and regional authorities hopes to get its views heard as the European Union (EU) revises the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

It says such authorities have lots of expertise on the collection and recycling of waste and their voices need to be heard in the WEEE Directive revision debate. Following its first meeting last month, it is now trying to get the maximum number of authorities involved.

Called the WEEE Public Interest Network (WEEE-PIN), it has been formed by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource Management (ACR+), an international network of more than 80 local and regional authority members.

There are many questions to which answers must be found during the revision of the WEEE Directive, the organisation said.

It wants to see a number of issues addressed:

* The support and integration of quality reuse and social economy enterprises
* The costs covered by producers, which are not currently well identified
* The transparency of the functioning of the different systems in many member states
* The need to develop markets and environmental standards for collection and treatment of WEEE in Europe in order to avoid eco-dumping and illegal exports
* The idea of benchmarking producer compliance schemes according to their environmental, economic and social efficiency
* The different systems needed to deal with household and commercial or industrial waste

WEEE-PIN hopes that by attracting more participation from local and regional authorities its concerns will be taken into account in the revised directive.


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