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EucoLight announces webinar on EPR non-compliance through online marketplaces: the state of play

Date

24 Feb 2022

Sections

Climate & Environment

Brussels, 24th February 2022. EucoLight, the European Association of collection and recycling organisations for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) lamps and lighting, is organising a webinar titled "EPR non-compliance through online marketplaces: the state of play", to be held on Wednesday 9 March - 10:30 – 13:00.

Online free riding is a topic of high concern, well documented by the OECD and the European Commission.  Online marketplaces link producers, often based outside the Union, with consumers inside the Union.  Online platforms facilitate the sales in EU Member States of products from sellers that do not always comply with extended producer responsibility obligations and other Union legislation. This can include lack of registration of producers, absence of waste take-back options for consumers, or no fees paid for waste collection and recycling.  This puts compliant market actors at a competitive disadvantage and undermines the circular economy.

This webinar is particularly aimed at Producer responsibility organisations, National Authorities, European Institutions, Producers and their associations, and Online Marketplaces.

It will include presentations from five different Member States that are implementing new national requirements to control online non-compliance.  Several different approaches are being adopted – the webinar will give an opportunity to compare and contrast the different strategies adopted and the initial results thereof.

It will also summarise initiatives at a European level and solutions for compliance developed by online marketplaces that may tackle the issue.

As Marc Guiraud, Secretary General of EucoLight, points out: “EucoLight considers it is vital to relentlessly draw attention to this major non-compliance issue.  This webinar includes vital information on solutions aimed at improving enforcement of EPR requirements, in particular for products sold online to customers in the EU”.  

Participation is free upon registration.

Registration is required for joining the online event.  The complete agenda and the registration form are available on Eucolight website.

About EucoLight

EucoLight is The European association of collection and recycling organisations for WEEE lamps and lighting. On behalf of its members, EucoLight engages with everything related to the WEEE Directive, legislations and standards affecting the collection and recycling of WEEE lighting. Its members collect and recycle, in aggregate, 80% of the lamp waste collected in the 18 countries in which they operate. EucoLight is the voice of European WEEE compliance schemes specialised in managing the collection and recycling of WEEE lighting; working to make the circular economy a reality for lighting products. EucoLight has 19 PRO members: AMBILAMP (Spain); Appliances Recycling SA (Greece); Ecolamp (Italy); Ecosystem (France); Ekogaisma (Estonia); Ekolamp s.r.o. (Czech Republic); Ekolamp Slovakia; Electrão (Portugal); Electro-Coord (Hungary); ElektroEko (Poland); FLIP (Finland); Lightcycle (Germany); LightRec (Netherlands); LWF (Denmark); Recolamp (Romania); Recolight (UK); Recupel (Belgium); UFH (Austria), ZEOS (Slovenia) and one affiliate member, LightingEurope. Founded mid-2015, EucoLight has quickly embarked into constructive dialogue with relevant stakeholders to provide expertise in the field of management and treatment of WEEE lighting and to promote the positive role of Extended Producer Responsibility schemes on the environment and society.

For more information, visit the EucoLight website www.eucolight.org, follow EucoLight on Twitter (@EucoLight) or contact the Secretary General, Marc Guiraud (marc.guiraud@eucolight.org).

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