Ecommerce Europe and WEEE Europe signed on Friday, 19th October a cooperation agreement within the framework of the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark. The goal of this cooperation is to extend the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark to include compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.
The Ecommerce Europe Trustmark, founded in 2015, aims to stimulate cross-border e-commerce through better protection for consumers and merchants, by establishing one European set of rules and by ensuring clear communication of these rules.
Marlene ten Ham, Secretary General of Ecommerce Europe, the European association representing more than 75,000 companies selling goods and services online to consumers in Europe, affirmed that “we are delighted to sign this agreement with WEEE Europe as our partnership will give additional value and meaning to the Ecommerce Europe Trustmark. We take care of our responsibility for the environment and we truly believe that this cooperation will surely help online retailers comply with the obligations in terms of collection and recycling of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and batteries at the end of their operations.”
Christian Ludwig, CEO of WEEE Europe, a Joint Venture supporting its business partners with efficient processes to ensure compliance with legal obligations under the EU WEEE Directive, stated that “Cross-border online business is growing rapidly in Europe, especially in the field of electronic products. While this allows us as consumers to purchase our favourite gadgets wherever we find a good offer, it has implications on the environmentally sound disposal of the products at the end of their useful life: Online dealers have duties to fulfil to ensure that collection and recycling is financed according to the European legislation on Waste of Electrical and Electronic products (WEEE). WEEE Europe looks forward to joining forces with Ecommerce Europe and to combine their expertise on the European online business with our extensive know-how on regulatory requirements across Europe. We will inform and educate on legal requirements, provide solutions for legal compliance and together help to protect the environment.”