Illegal trade of WEEE

Together with EU, Interpol, the UN and other partners, El-Kretsen’s European umbrella organisation WEEE-Forum has been working on a two-year project: “CWIT – Countering WEEE Illegal Trade”. The aim was to map out the flows of WEEE and to lay down the foundation for future decisions on how to minimize illegal export. This study shows that of the approximately 10 million tonnes of WEEE produced in Europe in 2012, only 35 per cent was managed through official recycling systems. The rest was either exported or handled within the EU outside of the official collection systems. 750,000 tonnes of WEEE is estimated to end up as general rubbish.

The project was completed in 2015.