Europe’s end-of-life PV module recycling program, PV Cycle, advised of its significant growth since beginning operations in 2010. PV Cycle’s collection network has expanded to over 205 collection points, which allows the association to provide module owners in every EU27 and EFTA country with its services. Additionally, the company noted that in January, it had reached over 240 members from across the world and PV value chain, representing nearly 90% of the European solar market.
“In the last month alone our membership grew by seven new members. The steady increase in our membership is a clear sign for the success of our business model and the hands-on experience that we gained in the last 18 months”, said Jan Clyncke, managing director of PV CYCLE.
The company anticipates that the WEEE Directive this summer will bring another surge in membership. The WEEE Directive will require manufacturers and importers of PV solar module to confirm the correct collection and recycling of their end-of-life products. PV Cycle is working on making its take-back and collection service WEEE compliant so that members can meet the new European and national waste laws.