Recyclia defends European WEEE management model at world meeting

Recyclia CEO, José Pérez, has defended the European electronic waste recycling model, based on extended producer responsibility, at the fifth meeting of the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN). The event, held last week in Bogotá (Colombia), is one of the sectors most important forums.

Moreover, according to Mr Pérez, the efficiency of this system would be multiplied exponentially if appliance manufacturers had greater support from the authorities with respect to malpractice. He added that “the producer cannot be made responsible for the fraud engaged in by other actors. Nor can further economic burdens be placed on those of us who comply with the law. The solution lies in exhaustive control on the part of the authorities and heavy sanctions for illegal practices”.

The Recyclia CEO also outlined the results achieved by this platform (made up of the Ecoasimelec, Ecofimática, Tragamóvil and Ecopilas foundations), a pioneer in Spain in the area of e-waste and battery management, even when the management of such waste was not mandatory.

Recyclia represents over 1,000 producers, who have managed 147,000 tonnes of WEEE since embarking on the activity in the year 2000. Moreover, the platform is ahead of schedule in terms of achieving the 2016 collection target and last year exceeded the target of 45% of equipment placed on the market.

The waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) management model in place in the EU since 2002 is based on the principle of extended producer responsibility, whereby “the polluter pays”. In this way, producers and importers of equipment are responsible for organising and financing the system for selective collection and recycling of end-of-life appliances, as well as compliance with obligatory targets.