As of 1 January 2014, recycling of solar modules in Switzerland will be governed by an agreement recently signed by Swissolar and SENS eRecycling.
Swissolar, the country's national solar association, claimed that the agreement with Zurich based non-profit recycling foundation SENS eRecycling would provide consumers with a cheaper, convenient, strictly controlled and environmentally friendly way to recycle PV modules.
Under Swiss law as overseen by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the SENS eRecycling Foundation is currently responsible for recycling household electronics equipment, with solar panels now added to that category. The measures will be paid for by the advance fee applicable to recycled materials in the European nation. Swissolar stated it was important that from both economic and ecological perspectives, semiconductor materials used in PV modules were put back into the production stream wherever possible.
Elsewhere in Europe, PV recycling is governed by the European Commission's waste electronic and electrical equipment directive, under which EU member states must have in place plans to deal with waste solar panels by the beginning of next year.