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Group seeks ‘fast track’ for WEEE shipments

October 12, 2017

A working group has held a meeting to explore possible ways of fast-tracking WEEE shipments to compliant recyclers.

Recycling International reports this week that a working group have held a first meeting as part of the International Green Deal North Sea Resources Roundabout ‘Fast Tracks’ initiative, seeking “ways to make shipments easier and faster” to compliant EU WEEE recyclers.

Convened by Müller-Guttenbrunn GmbH together with HKS Metals, this case sees “public and private sector experts from Flanders, France, the UK and the Netherlands”, as well as colleagues from Austria, discussing “possibilities for commonly-accepted criteria for pre-consents and mutually-accepted processes.”

The case will be observed by the European Commission’s DG Environment.

The aim of the NSRR is to facilitate both trade and transportation of secondary resources to the North Sea region, thereby generating “green” growth. According to the article, “A maximum of 10 secondary resource streams or cases are envisaged, each tasking a working group with devising practical and scalable solutions”.

It is expected that the facilitation of these fast-track shipments to compliant EU recyclers will allow the secondary materials “to flow much in the same way as primary raw materials do, thus boosting the production of secondary raw materials”, and Fast-Tracks Notifications “are expected to free up time and resources from the authorities, which can then be used to fight true illegal exports of WEEE”.  

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