The WEEE Forum, the voice of thirty WEEE producer compliance schemes in Europe, last year collecting and responsibly recycling to the highest standards 1.88 million tonnes of e-waste, will celebrate 15 years of excellence as a leader in this sector. Malta is the perfect spot for these celebrations because, in the first half of the year, Malta is at the helm of the EU Council of Ministers. A special conference of the WEEE Forum will be held on 26-27 April 2017, in the fringe of a meeting of the Environment Ministers, which will be addressed by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, a Maltese national.
The WEEE Forum has been successful in securing the Commissioner’s and senior officials’ support and participation in the conference. WEEE Malta, our youngest member organisation, has kindly offered to host the conference and we are their distinguished guests.
For the past 15-20 years, the producer responsibility organisations in the WEEE Forum have been at the forefront, in Europe and across the world, in turning the extended producer responsibility principle into a workable and effective policy approach. Since 2002 the WEEE Forum compliance schemes have worked on behalf of over 16.000 producers of electrical appliances to collect, recycle and recover to the highest treatment standards more than 17.4 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment; that’s the equivalent of 17.400 Eiffel Towers. In doing so, the WEEE Forum compliance schemes have worked alongside the producers and recycling operators towards the development of a European economy that is more resource efficient and sustainable but further progress needs to be made for a circular economy to become a reality.