How is the waste-management fee structured?
The so-called waste-management levy is an amount that each producer and importer of electrical and electronic devices must pay to the OPEN Foundation. It is based on the amount of electrical and electronic appliances that a producer and/or importer puts on the market on a yearly basis. The waste-management contribution is made up of operational costs, system costs and a fixed contribution. The operational costs include the costs of collection, transport, sorting and processing of waste electrical and electronic appliances. The system costs include the costs of organisation, communication, research, controls and audits, etc. The fixed contribution consists of a fixed amount per producer or importer for costs not included in the operational costs or system costs, such as the contribution to the National (W)EEE Register (NWR). For reporting year 2021, the contribution to the National (W)EEE Register amounts to EUR 100. The OPEN Foundation charges these costs directly as a fixed amount to the producers and/or importers of electrical and electronic appliances and pays this amount one-to-one to the National (W)EEE Register.