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Reuse sector lobbies for WEEE standards

WEEE collection

Reuse organisations say they will be lobbying for modified guidance on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

A European standard for the collection and logistics of WEEE is currently being finalised, in the form of a ‘technical specification’.

The standard is designed to ensure that collection and transportation of WEEE is carried out under optimal conditions for preparation for reuse, recycling and confinement of hazardous substances. It is expected to be voted on by members of the National Electrotechnical Committees (Cenelec) on 17 February.

But trade body Rreuse has called for a revision to the specification to ensure that WEEE is separated for preparation for reuse at the earliest stage possible.

It also called for greater clarity concerning identification, handling and storage of potentially reusable appliances that would otherwise be recycled.

“The current wording of the standard gives too much room for interpretation which could allow for storage of equipment intended for reuse, such as large household appliances, without weatherproof facilities,” it said in a statement.

Rreuse also recommended stronger wording to secure partnerships between collection and logistics operators with companies that prepare WEEE for reuse.

“Such partnerships would help to facilitate much-needed access to reusable goods prior to them being directly recycled, buried or burned,” it said.

It made these recommendations in a joint statement with NGO the European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation.

The statement also calls for more transparency from standardisation organisations.

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