European industry is launching a new online platform on how to best recycle e-waste

de | mart. 1, 2018 | News

To respond to requests for information from recyclers on the presence of hazardous substances ine-chains, manufacturers and responsibility transfer organizations have joined the initiative to create the "Information for recyclers - I4R" platform, a unique source that includes a wide range of information and recommendations on how to handle hazardous substances:

DIGITALEUROPE and CECED, together with WEEE Forum, the international association of WEEE transfer responsibility organizations, of which ECOTIC is a part, are launching a joint online platform - I4R. This new platform will allow recyclers to access information about hazardous materials in equipment. WEEE Forum will host and manage the platform.

“We want to provide solutions to this problem, and the I4R platform is essential to better inform managers in the recycling industry and train workers in safety issues. By providing information at product group level, the I4R platform will help recyclers to optimize sorting where appropriate," said Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, CEO of DIGITALEUROPE.

"The added value of the I4R platform will benefit not only recyclers and 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 the recovery of secondary raw materials", emphasized Paolo Falcioni, Director General of CECED.

"The I4R platform is an important step in improving treatment processes and compliance in general. Easily accessible information about the presence of hazardous substances in waste is what recyclers need," says Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of the WEEE Forum.

We invite all actors in the field, especially recycling operators, to register on the platform by accessing this link  


Article 15 of Directive 2012/19 / EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) requires manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to provide free information on preparation for re-use and treatment for each type of EEE placed on the market. In 2005, CECED and DIGITALEUROPE, representing the manufacturers of household appliances and IT & C / consumer electronics and EERA electronics recyclers, agreed on the format of this information. Since then, manufacturers have collected the information in a harmonized reporting format for each product on their websites. Today, these organizations are launching a common online platform.


WEEE Forum, established in 2002, is an international non-profit association based in Brussels, which is made up of 36 organizations for the transfer of responsibilities of producers of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The 36 organizations are located in Europe, Australia and North America: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Greece, France, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the largest organization of its kind in the world. In 2016, member organizations reported the proper collection and depollution and recycling of 2.100.000 tonnes of WEEE. Members in 2017: Amb3E, ΑΝΑΚΥΚΛΩΣΗ ΣΥΣΚΕΥΩΝ, ASEKOL, Australia New Zeeland Recycling Platform, Ecodom, Eco-Systemes, Ecotic Spain, ECOTIC Romania, Ecotrel, EES-Ringlus, EGIO, Electrocyclosis Cyprus, ElektroEko, Elektrowin, El-Kretsen, elretur, Environ, EPRA, Fotokiklosi, Norsirk, Recipo, Recupel, Remedia, RENAS, Repic, Retela, RoRec, SENS e-Recycling, SWICO, HNF, Úrvinnslusjóður, Wecycle, WEEE Ireland, WEEE Malta, WEEE Recycle and Zeos.

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DIGITALEUROPE is the digital technology industry in Europe. Its members are some of the largest companies and associations in the field of IT, telecommunications, consumer appliances in Europe. DIGITALEUROPE wants European companies and citizens to benefit from digitalisation. In terms of business, DIGITALEUROPE wants Europe to attract the best performing companies in the digital field. DIGITALEUROPE ensures the representation of the industry in the development and implementation of European policies.


CECED is the European home appliance industry. CECED members are: Arçelik, Ariston Thermo Group, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Candy Group, Daikin Europe, De'Longhi, Dyson, AB Electrolux, Gorenje, Groupe Atlantic, LG Electronics Europe, Liebherr Hausgeräte, Miele & Cie. KG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, SEB Group, Vestel, Vorwerk and Whirlpool Europe. CECED member associations cover the following countries: Austria, Baltic States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.