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3.2.2015: Elker Oy begins business with WEEE Europe AG

WEEE Europe AG announced today that as planned, it has begun its operational business from January 2015. The non-profit company headquartered in Munich, Germany supports companies in 15 European countries in the electrical and electronics industries, through the often complicated fields of producer responsibility allowing them to focus on their core business.

Founded in 2013 with nine leading take back systems WEEE Europe AG can announce it has attracted an additional seven member countries, including Elker Oy, as well as a service partner in Germany thus creating a broad European presence.

"We are proud to be a member of WEEE Europe AG covering the Finnish market. Through WEEE Europe we are in an excellent position to add value to producers beyond our national borders and to offer companies a truly European approach for WEEE and waste batteries%u201D, Sakari Hietala, CEO of Elker Oy, comments.

Christian Ludwig, CEO of WEEE Europe AG elaborates that on founding the company in 2013 along with nine of the largest and most influential non-profit European take-back systems, one of the primary goals was to quickly expand its presence to provide an effective, efficient Europe-wide service.

%u201CSmall and medium-sized companies often feel overwhelmed by the complex and individual requirements in the various European countries regarding WEEE and batteries disposal. With our European service we are offering the best take-back solutions in a one-stop-shop-approach, which means not only a deep understanding of the legislation in Finland, but also of the other major European countries too. We are streamlining the way in which our producer partners can contract for their WEEE and battery requirements throughout Europe%u201D, Ludwig says.

About the company WEEE Europe AG (www.weee-europe.com):

WEEE Europe AG was founded in 2013 in Munich. Members of WEEE Europe are 15 of the largest and most influential European take-back systems. WEEE Europe AG supports its business partners with efficient processes to ensure compliance with legal obligations under the EU WEEE Directive and its relevant different national implementations. Its service also includes waste management solutions for batteries.

The members of the company stand for high process quality and compliance with international waste management standards. WEEE Europe AG as well as its shareholding members are non-profit businesses.

WEEE Europe is headed by Christian Ludwig, CEO, formerly CEO of Lightcycle Retourlogisitk und Service GmbH, Germany until 2012. Previously, Christian Ludwig on behalf of Osram GmbH was a member of the Supervisory Board of several European take back systems within his work for lighting manufacturer Osram in the area of waste disposal.

Members / Partners (Status: January 2015):

  • Austria: Umweltforum Haushalt                                                              
  • Czech Repulic: Asekol          
  • Denmark: Elretur                                                              
  • Finland: Elker  
  • France: Eco-systèmes            
  • Germany: Zentek GmbH & Co. KG (Service Partner)                                                
  • United Kingdom: Repic                                                                         
  • Ireland: WEEE Ireland                                                     
  • Italy: Remedia                                            
  • Netherlands: Wecycle                                                       
  • Norway: Elretur                                                                  
  • Slovakia: Asekol
  • Spain: Ecotic                         
  • Sweden: El Kretsen                                                            
  • Switzerland: Swico, SENS eRecycling


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