Repic, the UK’s largest waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme and a member of the WEEE Forum – a European association representing the interests of 41 electrical and electronic waste collection and recycling organisations run on behalf of producers – will host the WEEE Forum Conference in London (Guoman Tower Hotel) on 20-21 September.
This prestigious conference is held only once every two years; previous hosts have been Zurich, Vienna and Dublin, with discussions taking place on the latest developments and opportunities in the area of WEEE management.
This year’s conference will focus on the wide social implications of the revised WEEE Directive, which national governments across the EU will soon begin to transpose into national law.
The theme of the conference will highlight the relationship between the revised WEEE Directive and the other ‘3 EEEs’ (environment, economy and employment). It will focus on the positive impact that the effective transposition of the WEEE Directive will have on these particular areas, and how each of the ‘3 EEEs’ can be sustainably developed in the WEEE arena.
The conference will also provide a platform for the sharing of knowledge, discussion and debate between delegates, key note speakers are scheduled to discuss the position of European political institutions and other key stakeholders on the Recast.
The speakers include Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Parliamentary under Secretary of the UK Government Department responsible for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Gunter Pauli, Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (ZERI) and Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network. A full programme will be issued shortly so save the dates now.
Illegal WEEE shipments, critical rare earths and the future of producer responsibility are also topics that will be covered during the two-day event. Attendees will be able to learn more about the new requirements likely to be introduced by the Recast and how it will differ from the current regime.
The conference forms part of the WEEE Forum mission to provide a platform for co-operation and exchange of best practices to optimise the effectiveness of the operations of member organisations, while striving for excellence and continuous improvement in environmental performance. The WEEE Forum also seeks to be a centre of competence that allows members to make constructive contributions to the general debate on e-waste policy matters.