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EucoLight conference reveals disturbing EU-wide scale of WEEE non-compliance through online marketplaces and new ways to tackle the problem

November 8, 2019

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2019 EucoLight Conference – Overview of outcomes

April 19, 2019

 

70 delegates from 19 lighting WEEE compliance schemes met for the EucoLight annual conference in Copenhagen. High on the agenda were the minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility schemes, the impact of the open scope of the WEEE Directive on EucoLight members and more than ever a plea for enforcement of the EU rules.

 

The delegates were presented with insights also from external speakers; Joe Papineschi (Eunomia), Maximillian Kling (Ramboll), Christophe Roeland (European Commission DG GROW), Alexander Goldberg (EWRN), Malte Becker (AiDUP consultancy) and Emmanuel katrakis (EuRIC).

 

EU harmonised rules for a level playing field – to avoid non-compliant products entering the market and putting compliant operators at a competitive disadvantage. A legislative solution should be in place to address the online sale of non-compliant products, notably the absence of registration with an existing Producer Responsibility Organisation.

 

Strengthening compliance with EU product rules is essential - the conference was informed by the representative from the European Commission that a new legislation on market surveillance and compliance of products (the “Goods Package”) will define useful tools that reinforce the ability of national enforcement authorities to do their job. He also emphasized the importance of following up on the experiences of producer responsibility organisations about their collaboration with national authorities.

 

Relevance of eco-modulated fees for lamps questioned – the modulation of financial contributions paid by the producers are meant as an incentive for producers that contribute to waste prevention and facilitate recycling. EucoLight members concluded that the relevance of criteria such as reparability and re-usability are inadequate for lamps. Existing Eco-design regulations, as well as market change would be a more efficient way to drive producer behaviour.

 

Continuing with constructive input to EU developments for WEEE lamps and lighting – Delegates at the conference agreed to implement a pan-European approach to the definition of a lamp for WEEE, which had been developed by EucoLight and LightingEurope.

 

Our members, Ekolamp (Czech Republic) and Recolamp (Romania) are winners of the 4th EucoLight Light Recycling Awards. Ekolamp used social media influencers to raise awareness with children, young people and families about recycling lamps. Recolamp had a successful awareness campaign using TV, print, radio and online media to boost end-of-life lamp collection.

 

Election of the Board – The conference also held the EucoLight General Assembly, which elected a new board of Directors.  For further information, please check out our website.

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