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End of Life of Home Appliances
HOME APPLIANCE WASTE GENERATION
Home appliance waste is made up of three main streams
· Electrical and Electronic Waste (WEEE) - the estimated amount of WEEE generated in EU28 is assumed to be steadily increasing.
· Packaging waste, mainly in the distribution phase.
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     2http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/ standards_en.htm 3http://www.weeelabex.org/standards/
1Directive 2012/19/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)(recast).
· Batteries, particularly for small home appliances are also included in the products and thus in the waste generated when home appliances reach their end of life.
Since the WEEE Directive1 entered into force, the home appliance industry has proactively developed dedicated take back schemes across the EU to ensure waste collected by municipalities and retailers is properly managed. The industry has made considerable investments ensuring the recycling and treatment of electronic-waste by setting up recycling schemes across Europe.
These schemes help ensure that discarded products can
be collected and recycled according to the best available technology and in line with the established standards to meet the recycling and recovery targets set by EU legislation. This has been further enhanced in recent years by the development of European treatment standards which help ensure the proper recycling of this stream of waste which is rich in secondary raw materials (WEEELABEX2 and CEN-CENELEC3 treatment standards).
Nevertheless, there are three key areas in which industry and society will need to work in the future to ensure even better environmental sound treatment of all home appliance WEEE and ensuring optimal recovery of materials.
· Consumer behaviour
· WEEE Flows
· Recycling and recovery of home appliance WEEE
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