Module recycling service provider PV CYCLE presented its WEEE-compliance roadmap at its 2012 Annual General Meeting this week. At the beginning of this week PV CYCLE had come out as a beneficiary of falling module prices, when most companies are falling by the wayside as a result of the current climate.
Launched in 2007 as a voluntary initiative by producers of PV modules, it claims to have successfully completed the main principles of the recast WEEE Directive, soon to include the regulation of PV modules. In light of this, the organization unveiled a campaign with the aim of educating industry stakeholders about the capabilities of the PV CYCLE scheme and the importance of an industry-managed take-back and recycling service. It could also help with avoiding potential charges through unnecessary sorting, contamination with other materials or inefficient recycling technologies.
“Our WEEE-compliance roadmap is in full swing. We are in intensive discussions with national stakeholders and focus our energy on the development of practicable requirements,” explained Jan Clyncke, managing director at PV CYCLE, on the main pillars of the organization’s 2012 strategy. “We are convinced that a harmonized WEEE-regulation across Europe will increase overall collection and recycling rates and will help to keep the European PV market viable.”
PV CYCLE intends to take responsibility for the full operational process of reporting, collecting and recycling its members’ end-of-life PV modules, including the related financing. “Together with our members, PV CYCLE is currently working on establishing a long-term financial model,” said Holger Hoppe, treasurer of PV CYCLE, at the AGM in Brussels.