The technical specification on the collection and logistics of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) was adopted on 23 February by the National Electrotechnical Committees across Europe, despite our call together with RREUSE to better handle waste electronics.
The specification known as TS 50625-4 aims to ensure that the collection and transport of WEEE is done under ‘optimal conditions for preparing for re-use, recycling, and confinement of hazardous substances’, as required by the WEEE Directive.
ECOS and RREUSE stressed that an early revision of the specification was needed to address major shortcomings that insufficiently support preparing for re-use activities, and quality recycling. The specification also contains provisions which are less strict compared to what some Member State legislations currently require.
Following the voting results and the ECOS-RREUSE call for revision, an early revision of the document has been agreed to be launched as early as in May 2017. ECOS hopes to address the limits and deficiencies of the document with a view to ensure the establishment of favourable framework conditions for the re-use of WEEE in Europe for a fully circular economy.