Eco-systèmes and Producers: who does what?
Under the European WEEE Directive, Eco-systèmes and 8 European take-back operators decided to create a joint company in October 2013 called WEEE Europe based in Munich. It aims at offering producers a unique and simplified service in declarations about the products marketed in EU, so as to be completely responsible for registering and reporting. WEEE Europe simplifies processes and proposes effective solutions to meet the various national declaration and reporting obligations.
The WEEE Europe services platform can be accessed via all take-back organisations who are members of WEEE Europe. Thereby, in France, by being an Eco-systèmes member, you directly benefit from WEEE Europe services. The goal is to obtain the widest geographical coverage possible in EU.
Eco-systèmes assists its producer members in their "end-of-life" eco-design process. The tools and services offered by Eco-systèmes aim at better measuring the environmental impact of the end-of-service life of appliances, at evaluating and improving equipment recyclability as well as integrating recycled materials in new products. These are important drivers to reduce the environmental impact of WEEE.
To incite manufacturers to integrate issues related to the end-of-service life of their appliances right from the design stage, eco-fee scales are modulated. Either a bonus or a penalty is attributed on the amount of the eco-fee of 15 products according to certain recycling criteria.