5 October 2018

Umicore reinforces its compliance with the European final treatment standard for copper and precious metal bearing WEEE fractions

We are proud to announce that Umicore has received auditor confirmation of compliance with the Cenelec** standard on the final treatment of copper and precious metal bearing WEEE-fractions. The audit was conducted by Lloyd’s, a leading independent provider of assurance services across a broad spectrum of standards, schemes and customised assurance programmes.

This standard – which is an integral part of a broad set of standards covering various aspects of the WEEE-recycling chain - offers the global e-waste recycling industry a good framework and reference of what real end-processing of a crucial part of the electronic waste stream is. It also should give authorities and producers the guarantee that the often most critical WEEE-fractions – both from an environmental as well as an economical perspective – are dealt with in an efficient and sustainable manner.  

As such this standard underlines that recycling is a multi-step activity, not limited to collection and pre-processing, but also encompassing end-processing, the stage at which complex end-of-life products are turned into new materials for the manufacturing industry.

We are convinced that this end-processor standard can contribute to enhancing the overall performance of the recycling chain, creating a more level playing field for e-waste recycling in Europe and beyond, thereby combatting illegal practices or the use of inefficient and harmful technologies.  We hence also call upon all relevant stakeholders such as competent authorities and producers to ensure that WEEE is handled by recycling companies which are certified according to the relevant Cenelec standards on WEEE-treatment.

The certificate can be found on our website: https://pmr.umicore.com/en/recyclables/electronic-scrap/


*WEEE: Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment
** Cenelec: European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

Tag: Precious metals

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