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Strategic, comprehensive approach to electronics recycling and re-use.

The focus will be on both on eco-design and end-of-life
management, particularly because of the legislative impact
of the european commission's new directive (dg xi), which
will probably come into force in 2003.

In Europe there is now broad social support for the take-back and recycling of electronic products. However, there is considerable discussion on the responsibilities, organisation and financing of take-back systems. The fact that end-of-life (EOL) processing can serve several (partly interlinked) goals, makes the situation more complicated: - reduction of the amount of materials and environmentally relevant substances going to landfill, - recycling of components and materials so they retain maximum value, - control of environmentally-relevant substances (inorganic) or annihilation of such substances (organic). Where is the European deficit? Take-back: * Risk of severe competitive disadvantage through take-back legislation if the topic is not seriously reviewed, * Risk of dropping behind JAPAN which is also on the verge of imposing take-back legislation for electronic goods. Eco-design: * Chance to achieve competitive European advantage through a strategic eco-design initiative that enables industry to compete worldwide, * Risk of dropping behind the USA where the MCC consortium is on its way to furthering such practices. What is our goal? Take-back: * Demonstrate an eco-efficient take-back way that takes the whole product system, not only the last step in the life cycle into account, Eco-design: * Enable industry to use the eco-design methodology (including standardisation and training) efficiently at European level.
Acronym: 
SCARE
Project ID: 
2 009
Start date: 
01-07-1998
Project Duration: 
75months
Project costs: 
101 000 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.