This month two new members join the Weee Forum: Lightcycle from South Africa and MoldControl from the Republic of Moldova. The membership of the latter was made possible by the WEEE Forum’s newly launched Twinning initiative, which involves one of the more established PROs in the WEEE Forum twinning with an emerging system in a country where EPR has only recently been put in place, in order to benefit from sharing experience and knowledge. In this case Moldcontrol twinned with their neighbours, Romanian system ECOTIC. Another ‘pair’ also joined the programme recently, creating links between Belgium (Recupel) and India (Karo Sambhav). Lightcycle and MoldControl bring the total number of Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) in the WEEE Forum to 45, this is more members than at any point in its 19 year history.
«With worldwide e-waste levels continuing to rise by over 3% per annum – Weee Forum explains – Weee PROs are emerging across the globe, often ahead of the implementation of legislation in the countries in which they are based, and because of this they are not only helping to shape collection infrastructure and programmes in their countries but are also able to influence how e-waste legislation is put into practice. As a result, they are reaching out to the Weee Forum to tap into its knowledge and that of its current members, which have huge experience in operating under European legislation that has been in place for almost twenty years.»
«Connecting with these organisations reflects the desire of the Weee Forum to globally share e-waste experience and management best practice and engage with actors in all parts of the world. It also emphasises the commitment of the growing global e-waste movement to ensure that e-waste is collected and treated responsibly and in a manner that is not detrimental to the environment.»