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The numbers associated with WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) have been increasing at an alarming rate every year. Underlining that, in Peru, only 20 percent of WEEE was recycled properly in 2019, highlighting the possibility of a big room for improvement in the country’s waste management policies and practices. The campaign “Dale la Vuelta,” which translates to “Turn it around,” is an effort by RLG Peru and SOS Children's Villages of Peru to turn the WEEE issue into an opportunity to help those in need. It was started on July 15, 2021, through a kick-off webinar and has gained momentum and attention since then.  

The Campaign  

The campaign aims to harness the expertise of both the partnering organizations to transform WEEE into a tool to help the environment and children with contributions towards the school expenses, clothing, health services, and nutritional needs of children and adolescents. Besides the upliftment of children, the campaign would also be driven by the aspiration towards conserving the environment by reducing pollution, conserving valuable resources, and efficient management of electronic waste. Recycling electronic waste is complex and needs to be executed with the proper expertise to avoid damage at several levels like health, environment, and efficient extraction of valuable materials. RLG Peru and SOS Children's Villages also aim to educate people and raise awareness. Together they share the knowledge of proper recycling methods at an individual level and their positive impacts on the surroundings.  

The Responsibilities  

The campaign rests on the responsibilities of three key players. First, RLG Peru orchestrates the collection, transportation, and recycling of WEEE. SOS Children's Villages, on the other hand, raises awareness and organizes protection and helping programs for children. Both these responsibilities are helped and supported by the Ministry of Environment. 

The Strategy   

The strategy adopted for this initiative begins with the expertise of RLG Peru being utilized for the collection and recycling of WEEE with utmost efficiency to obtain a valuable output. Then, the dedicated recyclers reimburse the recovered resources. Subsequently, the gained funds flow into the protection and assistance programs for children and youth, which SOS Children's Villages organize. 

Have you heard of visible fees? In some countries, producers subjected to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) must make recycling fees for the product or part of the product they have purchased visible to business partners and end-users. But what are precisely visible fees, how should they be communicated, and where are they mandatory?

The meaning of visible fees

The term "visible fees" refers to an obligation borne by producers to display the financial contribution they are paying to the compliance scheme that manages their products at their end-of-life. Thus, the cost for taking back, treating, and disposing of or recycling these products must be displayed separately from the product price. The purpose of showing visible fees is to inform the consumer or business partners that the price paid to purchase a specific product includes costs for recycling.

Are visible fees mandatory for all product types and in all countries?

Visible fees are not restricted to one fraction obligated by EPR but can be related to WEEE, batteries, or packaging. Covered fractions vary from one country to another, as does the way producers must communicate visible fees. Some country-specific regulations make the display mandatory, others voluntary, and others strictly forbid the producer from sharing any costs related to the product recycling or disposal. For example, in the Czech Republic, it is necessary to mark the fees on tax documents by showing them on a separate line on the invoice. On the contrary, sharing this information applicable to batteries is strictly forbidden by Czech law.

How and where to show visible fees?

The EPR regulation comes from EU directives that are transposed in each Member state differently. Therefore, the regulation in this matter is numerous and disparate.  For example, some countries require visible fees to be reported only on tax documents. At the same time, other local regulations demand to display them on the invoice at the point of sale, and others forbid communication about the fees, as seen in the example above.

RLG provides a clear overview of your company's obligations and the different legal requirements. We are monitoring the EPR-regulation and are alert of changes affecting the fees requirement. Furthermore, products must be accurately categorized before being sold so that the correct costs for disposal and recycling are displayed at the moment of sale. Finally,  RLG provides its customers with an innovative online tool to calculate their products visible fees that companies must communicate to the end-user and business partners.

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