Scorekeeping. From our earliest introduction to games of any type, the questions arise: not only who will keep count, but how will they do so? A similar issue comes up whenever benchmarks and standards are put into effect, and Europe’s Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is no exception. From its inception in 2003, there has been controversy over how electronic scrap and recovery will be recorded. The two opposing schools of thought are that numbers should be based either on actual waste generated, or on the quantity of electrical components placed on the market.
Three European trade organizations, FEAD, EERA, and EUROMETAUX, have suggested what’s probably the simplest solution: a compromise between the two. As you might imagine, that might be easier suggested than achieved, but the proposal certainly sounds feasible: establish new benchmarks that are tabulated in terms of waste generated, but also take the amount of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market into account. We at Etratech look forward to a solution that proves most in line with our continuing commitment to sustainable production, For more information, click here.