Europe Considers Including Semiconductor and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Equipment Under the Scope of WEEE (March 2010)


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Europe Considers Including Semiconductor and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Equipment Under the Scope of WEEE (March 2010)

WEEE regulations mandate the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their used waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) free of charge. The objective of these schemes is to increase the recycling and / or re-use of such products.

Semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment (SPME) is currently excluded from the scope of WEEE under the large-scale stationary industrial tools (LSIT) exclusion. Last month, the European Parliament proposed changes to the WEEE regulation. One such proposal may serve to eliminate the LSIT exclusion and include SPME in the mandatory end-of-life take-back program.

Concerned about the impacts of these proposed changes, the SEMI WEEE Working Group is advocating for an exclusion for all SPME. SEMI believes that including SPME will not further the goals of WEEE. There is no significant end-of-life risk from SPME, nor does it create the risks that WEEE is meant to control.

SEMI urges members and industry partners, especially those located in Europe, to assist in these advocacy efforts. If you would like to join the efforts of the SEMI WEEE Working Group, please contact Sanjay Baliga (SEMI Senior Manager in San Jose).