Europe’s second largest pallet pooling company, FHG IPP Logipal, has signed a multi-year collaboration agreement with Regain Ecoplast, part of the French Groupe Regain, ahead of tougher EU e-waste collection targets. Regain Eco Plast is a major player in the collection and processing of old and used electronics goods. The collaboration will see both companies ideally positioned to assist customers in meeting future collection targets.
Pim van der Vorst, commercial director, European Electronics Businesses, at FHG IPP Logipal said: “We look forward to using our sustainable transport resources to serve Groupe Regain. Regain Eco Plast, which caters for around 35 per cent of the French e-waste market for TVs and PC monitors, took many things into consideration when selecting a logistical partner for its collection activities in France, especially our knowledge and experience in the e-waste and recycling supply chain.
“We differentiate ourselves through customisation, flexibility and quality. With our flexible service, customers only pay for the days when they actually use our pallets or boxes, which minimises costs and eliminates the need for major investment.
“FHG IPP Logipal also takes care of maintenance and ensures that products supplied are of high quality. The materials we use are very robust and boxes can be rotated when emptying them.”
Daniel Roumier, director of Regain Eco Plast, commented: “After extensive testing, we opted for re-usable pallets and boxes by FHG IPP Logipal.
“One of the main considerations in awarding this contract was FHG IPP Logipal’s knowledge and experience in the e-waste sector. It has been active in the European recycling market for the past five years and uses its wooden, metal and plastic boxes to cater for large flows of e-waste in countries such as the Benelux, the Czech Republic, France and Great Britain.
“In addition, the pooling or rental of pallets and boxes is seen by our sector as being environmentally sustainable because it creates efficient transport flows and results in transport resources being re-used.”
Tough new EU targets
Under a revised European Union (EU) directive that came into force this August, by the end of 2016 all European member countries will need to be able to demonstrate they have collected at least 45 per cent of the average weight of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) sold in their market over the previous three years. From 2019, the EU requires all European member countries to either collect at least 85 per cent of all WEEE manufactured in their countries or 65 per cent of all waste electronic goods sold.
By 2020, it is estimated that the volume of WEEE will be 12 million tons. The 85 per cent target would therefore see around 10 million tons, or roughly 20kg per capita, collected in the EU among member states.