Created through the co-operative work of the European electronics industry trade association, DIGITALEUROPE, the home appliance body, CECED, and the WEEE Forum, the Information for Recyclers Platform (I4R) offers a one-stop shop for information and guidance on how to handle WEEE.
This comes as a response to recycler’s need for information about the content and components of WEEE. Since different types of WEEE contain different components—some of which may be hazardous—EEE producers are required by law to provide information about the preparation and re-use of each type of EEE placed on the market free of charge. I4R provides ease of access to this information, streamlining the recycling process and helping to ensure full compliance with WEEE regulations.
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, said: “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. By providing information at product group level, the I4R platform will help recyclers to optimise sorting where applicable.”
CECED’s Director General, Paolo Falcioni, added: “The added value of the I4R platform will not only benefit recyclers and the industry, but also all European citizens. It is another example of industries working together to contribute to a Circular Society, this time by supporting recycling and secondary raw material recovery.”
Pascal Leroy, Secretary General at the WEEE Forum described the platform as a “major step forward in improving treatment processes, and of compliance in general.
“Easily accessible information about the presence of batteries, printed circuit boards or plastics containing brominated flame retardants in e-waste is what recyclers require.”
The WEEE Forum will host and maintain the platform.