Photovoltaic sector keen to avoid WEEE directive

Solar industry launches voluntary take-back system in effort to stave off EU regulation

The European photovoltaic industry association (Epia) will launch an EU-wide voluntary take-back system for photovoltaic waste next week. Epia says its "PV Cycle" initiative will enable the sector to recover 90 per cent of photovoltaic waste by 2015. On Tuesday it urged the European commission not to apply the 2003 waste electrical and electronic equipment directive, which is undergoing review, to PV products (EED 22/06/06). This would result in "27 differently designed recycling systems with inherent administrative procedures and costs", it said. See Epia press release and PV Cycle website.

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