Two European coalitions representing electronics manufacturers have launched an internet-based information service designed to help processors better recycle devices.
Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED) and DigitalEurope, jointly with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Forum (WEEE Forum), an international association of producer responsibility organizations and a center of competence, have launched a common online platform – the Information for Recyclers (I4R) Platform. It’s aim is to allow recyclers to access information about the presence and location of materials and components that should be separated for special treatment. The WEEE Forum will host and maintain the platform. This initiative responds to recyclers’ quest for information about the presence of specific types of materials that require special treatment.
Currently, European Union (EU) law already requires manufacturers to provide information to recycling companies on how to best handle each type of device sold on the market. The I4R Platform provides a one-stop shop of information, as well as to allow for improved communications between producers and processors.
European Union law already requires manufacturers to provide information to recycling companies on how to best handle each type of device sold on the market. The I4R Platform provides a one-stop shop of information, as well as to allow for improved communications between producers and processors, according to a press release.
Pascal Leroy, secretary general of the WEEE Forum stated that “[the platform provides] easily accessible information about the presence of batteries, printed circuit boards or plastics containing brominated flame retardants in e-waste.”
“We wish to drive solutions to this problem, and the I4R platform is key to better inform managers in the recycling industry and to train workers on safety issues,” Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, director general of DigitalEurope, stated in the release. “By providing information at product group level, the I4R platform will help recyclers to optimize sorting where applicable.”