A recent study was undertaken by the WEEE Scheme Forum, to check the compliance of products sold through a major online marketplace with the WEEE regulations. The study showed that 54% of power tools, 76% of LED lightbulbs, and 88% of fitness watches did not comply.
Commenting on the study, Nigel Harvey, Chief Executive of Recolight and Eucolight Vice President said: ‘Evidence shows there is large scale WEEE non-compliance sales through online marketplaces. High street retailers have, for many years, checked the compliance of equipment producers. Online operators could – and should – do the same. There can be no excuse for knowingly aiding the sale of products that break the law.”
Recently a workshop held in Brussels, hosted by Eucolight – the European association for lighting WEEE compliance schemes – gathered more than 100 experts including Richard Allen to discuss online sales of non-compliant products.
Marc Guiraud, Secretary General of EucoLight, stated “It is urgent for policy makers and online marketplaces to take action to address non-compliance of products sold online. Member States are already starting to implement this at a national level”.