WEEELABEX "functionally equivalent" to EPEAT

WEEELABEX "functionally equivalent" to EPEAT

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

European electronics recycling standard WEEELABEX has been qualified as "functionally equivalent" to the EPEAT global standard for greener recycling, the Green Electronics Council's Sarah O'Brien tells E-Scrap News.

The news, formally announced in a press release last week, will make it easier for European electronics manufacturers using a recycling system certified to WEEELABEX to register with EPEAT. WEEELABEX must first be approved by an IAF accreditation body before the qualification can go into full effect, but WEEELABEX can be used immediately as an audit standard in European countries without an EPEAT qualified certification system in use.

The EPEAT standard currently rates three categories of electronics based on their environmental impact: PCs and displays, televisions and imaging equipment.

WEEELABEX (which stands for "WEEE label of excellence") was developed by the WEEE Forum to provide a set of standards and procedures to ensure the responsible handling, collection and disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

WEEELABEX is the third recycling standard to meet EPEAT’s criteria for greener recycling, joining R2 and e-Stewards.

The news is expected to increase consumer awareness and provide further exposure to green electronics.

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