Panasonic, Thomson, JVC In European Recycling Initiative
Jul 2, 2004
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Panasonic, Thomson, and JVC have announced a cooperation agreement to establish a recycling scheme for the electronics and electrical equipment industries, in compliance with the requirements of the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

WEEE requires producers to arrange for or contribute to the transport, recycling, treatment, or disposal of waste electrical equipment from August 2005.

The cooperation agreement partners will establish such a recycling scheme in each Member State of the EU when Industry or Sector related collective schemes are not feasible or not cost competitive, supervise the entire recycling operations where necessary, and invite other manufacturers and recyclers to join the initiative.

According to the companies, the main focus will initially be on solutions for the German market, but the recycling scheme may be extended to other EU countries, taking into account local conditions.

The cooperation agreement will cover the WEEE categories, e.g. consumer electronics, communications, and IT products, etc, as well as other categories including white goods. This collaboration may be further developed, as it will remain open to other partners within these and other sectors, in order to reinforce the impact and cost efficiency of the recycling scheme.

The cooperation agreement said it aims to improve pollution prevention, through waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and other forms of recovery, and increase the economic and environmental efficiency, through economies of scale, of the recycling scheme. (

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