PV Cycle collects first 10,000 tons of discarded PV modules in Europe

European take-back and recycling industry organization PV Cycle has amassed 10,000 tons of collected waste PV modules. The waste management and compliance provider said on Tuesday that the milestone marked a breakthrough in its PV waste treatment efforts.

Created in 2007 for and by the PV sector, PV Cycle is the only take-back scheme to offer dedicated PV waste management and compliance solutions.

The organization operates a network of hundreds of collection points, specialized waste transporters and certified PV module recyclers. PV Cycle has steadily increased its collection figures from 80 tons in its first year of operation to 10,053 tons today.

"Having collected such significant amounts of PV module waste, PV Cycle has demonstrated its ability to treat large quantities of waste anywhere in Europe,” said Olmina Della Monica, PV Cycle’s Operations & Treatment manager for Europe.

Originally a voluntary initiative, the take-back and appropriate disposal of discarded post-production PV modules is now mandatory in the European market. The European Parliament amended the European Waste Electronic and Electric Equipment (WEEE) Directive in 2012, putting waste management requirements on PV modules.

"Since 2010, our collection and recycling achievements have consistently exceeded the EU targets set in the 2012 WEEE Directive. PV waste will significantly increase in the coming years and it is important to show that PV CYCLE is ready to meet the challenges ahead”, added PV Cycle Managing Director Jan Clyncke.

By the end of October, PV Cycle had made collections in 20 different European countries with an infrastructure of 350 collection points.