News and insights

12-5-2020

On 24 April, the cabinet announced that it would largely adopt Urgenda measure 43 "refrigerator action plan". Weee Nederland worked out the return premium system for refrigerators on behalf of producers together with Urgenda in the past months. In the explanation of 11 May, the ministry now specifies that it has been decided to adopt the proposed return premium system (part 2) from the plan. The ministry thereby gives producers the opportunity to (re)introduce a visible recycling fee in order to guarantee solid financing for this system.

27-3-2020

At all the recycling centres served by Weee Nederland and its partners, flatscreens and monitors will have to be collected separately from other e-waste. This is a new and logical measure from ILT. It is intended to prevent the equipment being damaged during transport, which could release harmful substances. Together with the local authorities and ILT, we have been working hard over recent months to find a practical solution.

27-3-2020

If, for whatever reason, you are unemployed for a long period, it is even more important that you get help to find work. At five sorting centres in the Netherlands, Weee Nederland has already being working on this in a social and sustainable way for a number of years. Waste electrical and electronic equipment from the surrounding area is collected on behalf of manufacturers and delivered to one of these sorting centres. 170 people now work at the sorting centres, such as HVC in Dordrecht, the Netherlands e-Waste Centre in Apeldoorn, and Statice in Beringe.

27-3-2020

Recycling more waste equipment. The objectives are there, but actually getting it done is quite an art. Over the past year, the teams participating in the E-waste Races mad a substantial contribution to this cause. They collected hundreds of tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment. How? By genuinely involving children and those around them, and getting them to change their behaviour.

27-3-2020

The quantity of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste) collected at the recycling centres of local authorities affiliated to manufacturers’ collective Weee Nederland rose sharply in 2019. Collection data from these local authorities, numbering more than 80, show that 9.3% more separated e-waste was presented for recycling on average in 2019. Also, recycling centres are increasingly offering the public the possibility to separately hand in operational items of equipment for thrift stores. There are still (too) few facilities for handing in waste from businesses. 

27-3-2020

From 2020, Toolstation, in partnership with Weee Nederland, is raising the separate collection of waste equipment to a higher level. Toolstation supplies professional tools at the lowest price, and is oriented towards the tradesman and the serious DIY-er. The 55 or more stores in the Netherlands and 3 in Belgium are each given a big, conspicuous collection bin. Here, Toolstation’s customers can hand in all their waste electrical tools and other equipment. In addition, customers are offered the facility to hand in lamps and batteries separately.

6-1-2020
Manufacturers

In the Netherlands, the collection and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has long involved the concept of extended producer responsibility. As was the case in 2018, the collective collection target will not be achieved in 2019. Consequently, producers of fridges and freezers are now teaming up to improve the collection of old appliances. Weee Nederland is the management organisation that uses a general binding declaration to submit the plan to the government on behalf of producers.

6-1-2020
Manufacturers

The Netherlands has more than three million refrigerators older than 10 years in circulation. These old fridges and freezers consume much more energy and some even contain dangerous greenhouse gases that have long been banned. Together with producer collective Weee Nederland and the majority of the refrigeration sector, Urgenda proposes launching a campaign to ensure that next year one million old refrigerators will be recycled and exchanged for a more economical model. This will result a 0.4 Mt reduction in CO2.

1-11-2019

Have you heard or seen them yet? Those radio commercials, billboards or one of the other means of communication by Heel Holland Recyclet (literally: All of Holland Recycles)? This communication campaign was launched today! With lots of radio advertising, social media, promotions, a newsfeed on HeelHollandRecyclet.nl and much more. We expect all this to generate a lot of attention before and during Recycle Week, which starts on 14 October.

1-11-2019

Good news. According to new European rules, electrical and electronic equipment must become more economical in use and easier to repair. Spare parts must also be available at least seven to ten years after purchase. Yesterday, the European Commission approved new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions. The measures will enter into force in 2021.