Czech Republic: PV module take-back and recycling cooperation

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From March this year, Czech-based PV producers have to register their company and provide sufficient financial guarantee, via a recognized Czech WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) scheme, for the PV modules they bring to the market from January 1, 2013 onwards.

This is defined by the WEEE Directive, which became European law in 2003. For modules that came out before January, 1, plant operators must conclude an agreement with a recognized Czech WEEE-scheme as well for the financing of the collection and treatment of their modules by June, 30, this year.

Under the collaboration deal, Retela will take charge of operative and administrative take-back and recycling duties for PV producers and plant operators in the Czech Republic. PV Cycle will take on the advisory role and bring to the table its expertise in PV waste management. This cooperation will enable the setting of Retela’s PV value proposition for the Czech waste market.

"We are very proud to collaborate with PV Cycle on PV waste management in the Czech Republic," said Jaroslav Vladik, Managing Director of Retela and President of WEEELABEX. WEEELABEX is a multi-stakeholder project aimed at laying down a set of European standards with respect to collection, handling, storage, recycling, preparation for re-use and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment and monitoring the processing companies through audits conducted by auditors trained by the WEEELABEX Office.

Vladik added, "PV CYCLE has demonstrated thought leadership role by establishing a PV take-back and recycling solution and setting the benchmark for sustainable and cost-effective PV waste management."

Jan Clyncke, Managing Director of PV Cycle concluded, "With Retela we have found a partner capable of meeting our particularly high environmental and technological standards, allowing us to continue our mission of providing PV value chain actors across Europe with sustainable and cost-effective take-back and recycling solutions."