Petition to European Commission on compliance with WEEE management standards

The European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED), Digital Europe, European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)WEEE Forum, the association that represents the leading WEEE management systems in Europe, including the  Fundación ECOTIC, has called on the European Commission to adopt suitable measures to ensure compliance with the EN 50625-1:2014 Standard.

The EN 50625 Standard sets out the requirements for WEEE collection, logistics and treatment in Europe. However, the above organisations feel that if compliance with the EN 50625 suite of standards remains voluntary, or mandatory in only a few Member States, a significant part of the WEEE stream in the EU will continue to be treated in a sub-optimal manner, both within and outside the EU.

The petition is a response to the current situation in the EU regarding the treatment of e-waste, where there are several differences in terms of the effectiveness of decontamination processes, the degree to which raw materials are recovered, safety measures adopted, and traceability and control measures. Estimates suggest that over half of the WEEE generated in Europe is not managed in accordance with the requirements of Directive 2012/19/EU. This results in lower recycling quality and the signatories to the petition believe it necessary to adopt measures to change this situation.

With a view to improving WEEE recycling in Europe, the  European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), with the cooperation of the aforementioned organisations, has been working on documents related to the EN 50625 standards. These standards are set to become the benchmark for WEEE treatment in Europe and through compliance with the requirements of the standards, it will be possible to ensure that WEEE collection, transport and treatment is compliant with the provisions of the Directive.