Where can all that electrical and electronic waste actually be found? BeWeee maps it out.
65% of the appliances brought onto the Belgian market have to be collected. This is a clear, powerful and ambitious signal from the European Union. As the main player in Belgium, Recupel is responsible for 45%. However we have found that too many e-waste flows are currently still under the radar. Research by Deloitte has shown that 30% of the electrical and electronic goods brought onto the Belgian market are currently untraceable, which means that they may just end up in nature. That figure worries us, so we are only too eager to join the fray and get straight down to doing something about it.
Mapping waste flows
To achieve that 65%, an important first step is to reliably map out all the waste flows in every phase. For this reason, Recupel committed to setting up the non-profit organisation BeWeee in 2018, along with other market players. The BeWeee tool registers how much WEEE – waste electrical and electronic equipment – is collected, how much is processed and where. BeWeee conducts the initial analysis and sends the data on to the Flemish, Brussels and Walloon governments.
We are stronger together
All the players in the waste processing chain are obliged to make reports in BeWeee and that is a good thing. The regional governments can identify and penalise players who do not play by the rules more quickly. It is only if market participants are committed to registering and processing e-waste properly that we can reach the European target.
So what is Recupel’s role?
Companies that have a contract with Recupel and report their volumes to Recupel are not concerned by the BeWeee reporting obligation. Recupel deals with the admin for them. If companies only partly report through Recupel, they need to report their balance each year using the BeWeee platform.
Want to find out more about BeWeee? Read all about this reporting tool at www.beweee.be