Electric avenues

REPIC’s Mark Burrows-Smith looks at some of the potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the WEEE industry, both in the UK and in Europe, against the background of Brexit

Reflecting on WEEE issues

Dr Philip Morton has been CEO of REPIC, a UK-based WEEE producer compliance scheme, for 12 years and during this time has seen some significant changes in the industry. From 2017 Dr Morton will hand over the role of CEO to Mark Burrows-Smith, who brings a wealth of experience from the recycling and energy from waste management sectors in the UK and Europe - with previous roles including chief operating officer of Viridor and chief executive officer of Greenstar. Here Dr Morton shares his thoughts on some of the challenges and achievements over the last 12 years.

Recycle to sender

The rise of online retailing of electronic goods brings with it new challenges when it comes to end-of-life and regulatory compliance. A new solution has emerged in Germany that will make linking with recyclers as simple as a click of the button. Michael Gormann, the managing director of European Recycling Platform Deutschland, sets out the solution for the German market and what can be learned from it here in the UK

Smart meters

With the second year under the new WEEE Regulations under way - and with increased collection targets for member states - Dr Philip Morton, CEO of the UK-based producer compliance scheme REPIC, explains why intelligent target setting is the right solution

WEEE are the champions

As the value of waste electrical and electronic equipment becomes widely recognised, more effort is being expended to make the extraction of this value profitable for recyclers and reprocessors – alongside initiatives to reduce waste in the first place such as repairability scheme the Restart Project. Maxine Perella reports

Ten times more WEEE is mismanaged within Europe, says report

A two-year investigation into countering illegal exports of WEEE across Europe has revealed that 10 times more WEEE is mismanaged and discarded within Europe itself than the actual volume exported. According to the report, some 4.7 million tonnes of WEEE was wrongfully or illegally traded in the EU compared with the 400,000 tonnes of e-waste which was exported.

Count on WEEE

A report by the United Nations University has warned that global e-waste will reach 50 million tonnes by 2018 – and the UK is among the top five per capita producers. Dr Philip Morton, chief executive of REPIC, WEEE Forum president and director of WEEE Europe, shares his thoughts

The new WEEE Regulations: An analysis so far

Dr Philip Morton, CEO of REPIC and director of WEEE Europe, gives his analysis of the first compliance year milestone since the recast WEEE Directive was transposed into UK law and discusses what the industry can expect for the year ahead.

What did the waste sector achieve in 2014?

This year ended much like the last: in disappointment. But despite the lack of interest shown in waste policy across Whitehall and, perhaps even Europe, the sector has carried on regardless. Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at the highs and lows of the UK waste management industry over the last 12 months.

The future of WEEE: What lies ahead?

The European Recycling Platform UK held a seminar in June to examine the future of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) with four guest speakers looking at WEEE from the USA to Africa as well as tackling the themes of eco-design and individual producer responsibility. Freelance writer, Claire Col reports.

EU e-waste collection boosted by legislative revision

The increasing volume of WEEE is recognised by the European Commission as the most rapidly growing waste, therefore it is seen as an environmental concern. The latest revision of WEEE 2 Directive (2012/19/EU) emphasises a much higher rate of collection, recovery, and recycling. Monika Chrusciak reports.

Encouraging growth in resource efficiency

An economy that is committed to achieving higher levels of resource efficiency is somewhat of a pipe dream right now for those trying to deliver intelligent-led waste solutions, but if an influential group of Conservative MPs get their way, this could soon become a reality. Maxine Perella, freelance journalist reports.