about the conference
Why an EPR Grand Challenge conference?

The WEEE Forum, the world’s only family of reputable e-waste producer responsibility organisations (PRO), is turning 20 this year and so is the world’s first supranational Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation regarding electrical and electronic waste – EU Directive 2002/96/EC.

We have many reasons to celebrate, but also to reflect on the past and ponder the future. What lessons have we learnt in the past two decades? How can we improve the design of EPR legislation? How can legislation set us on a sustainable course and make the economy more circular, more resilient, more self-reliant? How can we collectively address the worldwide societal challenge of e-waste?

Key points of
EPR Grand ChallengeS
Challenge #1
Delivering the Circular Economy

What measures will get us on track to become a circular economy and circular society? How can we incite citizens to return their e-waste? How can we make recycling of plastics a profitable proposition?

Challenge #2
Consumer behaviour

Do we need a global regime around EPR? How can we propel e-waste collection rates in countries with no EPR-based regulation? What are complementary approaches for electronics EPR? What issues do countries outside Europe struggle with?

Challenge #3
Transitioning to a low-carbon economy

How can the e-waste collection sector foster access to critical raw materials? What are the economic, political and environmental issues associated with the use of rare earth metals?

Challenge #4
A new vision on EPR in future WEEE legislation

What changes to EPR legislation are required to deliver the circular economy? How can the #allactors principle be an instrument in delivering the circular economy? What are the building blocks of future e-waste legislation? Are the current minimum collection rates fit for purpose?

Join us on 7 December 2022 in Brussels!
  • #EPRGrandChallenge tickets on sale from 15 July 2022
  • The ticket price for the conference and anniversary dinner starts at €895.
Frequently asked questions

The EPR Grand Challenge conference is a high-level, high-impact, international event that will debate the worldwide societal challenge of e-waste. Captains of industry and chief executives of Europe’s leading producer responsibility organisations as well as Members of the European Parliament and senior policymakers in public administrations will be in attendance. We expect the e-waste collection and recycling sector as well as authorities, producers, industry associations, academia, NGOs and the press to be in attendance, and join us in debating the future of the industry.

E-waste is a worldwide societal challenge. The conference will therefore seek to address the following questions: What does the #allactors principle essentially mean? What are the building blocks of future e-waste legislation? Are the current minimum collection rates fit for purpose? What measures will get us on track to become a circular economy and a circular society? How can we make recycling of plastics a profitable proposition? How can we incite citizens to return their waste electricals? How can the e-waste collection sector foster access to critical raw materials? Do we need a UN Treaty to regulate EPR globally?

The entire programme with details of each speaker and panel can be found on the Programme page.

The WEEE Forum, the world’s only family of reputable e-waste producer responsibility organisations (PRO), is turning 20 this year and so is the world’s first supranational EPR legislation regarding e-waste – EU Directive 2002/96/EC. We have many reasons to celebrate, but also to reflect on the past and ponder the future. What lessons have we learnt in the past two decades? How can we improve the design of EPR legislation? How can legislation set us on a sustainable course and make the economy more circular, more resilient, more self-reliant? How can we collectively address the worldwide societal challenge of e-waste?

We walk our green talk and are making the conference as sustainable as possible. We are offeing all the participants the possibility to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights to and from the conference.

We have selected a locally produced and organic menu with vegan or vegetarian options. All venues are within walking distance of each other and accessible by public transport. The conference giveaways will be produced locally using recycled materials.

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