News: New INTERPOL projects target e-waste crime
INTERPOL launches two projects aimed at targeting the illegal trade and disposal of waste - one specifically aimed at e-waste and another to target illegal shipments and dumping generally.
Tuesday, 10th December 2013
The Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) Project has been launched by the International Criminal Police Organisation, to conduct extensive research into the illegal e-waste market in Europe and provide technical and policy recommendations. According to the police body, the largest international police organisation in the world, the illegal trade and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is increasingly becoming a threat to global environmental health and security. Indeed, it says that only around three of the estimated total of eight million tonnes of European WEEE was officially collected, treated and reported to authorities in 2010. Problems arising from illegal transport and disposal include the absorption of hazardous substances, such as mercury, into the environment (which can also cause health problems) and the loss of valuable materials from markets, such as rare earth elements, gold, copper, and palladium. Coordinated by a consortium of seven partner organisations (including WEEE Forum, Compliance and Risks, and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute) and funded by the European Commissions Seventh Framework Programme, the two-year CWIT project was launched in September 2013 to create a set of recommendations for the European Commission and law enforcement agencies to assist them in countering the illegal trade of e-waste. For more details, please go to the external weblink. PAS141 PAS 141 is a standard that ensures that electrical equipment re-use organisations perform a series of steps to ensure that the products they sell are suitable for re-use. Having PAS141 certification demonstrates the transparency and legitimacy of an organisation's processes The CRR is the only company in the UK to offer accredited certification for PAS 141, the electrical reuse standard. Once certified, you will be able to display the nationally recognised REEE mark endorsed by BIS, the Environment Agency and WRAP. For more information go to the PAS141 webpage .