The Waste Framework Directive prioritises reuse over recycling, and the recovery instead of disposal of waste materials. In addition, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires 85% of the waste electrical and electronic equipment generated to be separately collected from 2019 onwards. This a significant improvement compared to the existing binding EU collection target of 4 kg of WEEE per capita, equivalent to about two million tons per year. The amended WEEE Directive also sets conditions for the maximum reuse of WEEE. It is important to differentiate between WEEE, which is not prepared for re-use, and Redundant Electrical and Electronic Equipment (REEE) with the development of a framework informing consumers of their quality and safety.

ECOS will work to ensure harmonised, environmentally-sound practices for the reuse and recycling of WEEE, which can contribute to a true circular economy in Europe, through enhancing material reuse and recycling while limiting the release of hazardous chemicals into the environment and mitigating climate change.


  • Contribute to the development of standard setting requirements and guidelines for the collection and logistics, preparation for reuse, treatment of WEEE and recovery of dangerous substances from household appliances, including EN 50625 under M/518
  • Contribute to the finalisation of the standard series on requirements for the preparation for reuse and the collection and treatment of WEEE (EN 50614 series)

ECOS contributes to:

  • CENELEC/TC 111X: Environment

Standardisation requests from the European Commission and EFTA

  • M/518: Waste electrical and electronic equipment


For more details on ECOS work on recycling, reuse and WEEE, please contact:

Lindsey Wuisan – Programme Manager






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