Article 15 of the Directive 2012/19/EU (WEEE Directive) requires producers to provide information free of charge about preparation for re-use and treatment for each type of EEE placed on the market. This provision with slightly different wording already existed at the time of the first WEEE Directive (old Art. 11). Since 2005, manufacturers have been collecting the information according to a harmonized reporting format for each product and uploaded it on their website.
To better respond to recyclers’ needs, APPLiA and DIGITALEUROPE have created this single central online platform – the Information for Recyclers Platform (I4R) – where recyclers can access recycling information at product category level. The WEEE Forum, an international association of producer responsibility organisations and a centre of competence, will host and maintain the platform. To meet the requirements of Directive 2012/19/EU, the recycling information will be linked to the presence and location of materials and components in electronic waste that require separate treatment.
Based on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) principles, the EU Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) makes producers responsible for the organization and/or financing of the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of their products at end of life. The purpose of the Directive is to contribute to sustainable production and consumption by, as a first priority, the prevention of WEEE and, in addition, by the re-use, recycling and other forms of recovery of such wastes so as to reduce the disposal of waste and to contribute to the efficient use of resources and the retrieval of valuable secondary raw materials.