Collection cooperation for PV module waste in The Netherlands

PV CYCLE and Wecycle sign cooperation agreement on comprehensive collection under Dutch WEEE Regulations

Brussels/Zoetermeer, February 10th, 2015 – PV CYCLE and The Netherlands’ leading WEEE scheme Wecycle have today signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen domestic collection of household and professional PV module waste.

To date, PV CYCLE has collected about 150 tonnes of discarded PV modules in the Netherlands through its direct pick-up service and two dozens of fixed collection points. “Working with Wecycle will better enable us to offer a nationwide collection solution for small quantities of PV module waste”, explained Jan Clyncke, Managing Director at PV CYCLE. Wecycle will add another 18 collection and 7 sorting centers to the existing network of PV CYCLE in The Netherlands. “Owners of PV systems will now find it easier to dispose of their PV modules. However, more than 95% of the collected volumes come in via our pick-up service for big quantities”, said Michel Henneghien, PV CYCLE Country Manager for The Netherlands.

“PV CYCLE is a trustworthy organization, known for its sustainable and efficient collection and recycling of discarded PV modules”, said Jan Vlak, Director at Wecycle. “Now that Wecycle and PV CYCLE are working together, it will become easier for both consumers and professionals to hand in their PV modules for recycling”.

Since February 2014, PV modules have been falling under Dutch WEEE law, resulting in a legal compliance and waste management obligation for companies selling for the first time PV modules onto the Dutch market.

Since 1999 the Wecycle foundation has organized the collection and recycling of discarded electrical equipment and energy-saving lamps (e-waste) in The Netherlands. Wecycle guarantees recycling of all e-waste with high environmental efficiency and works together with municipalities, shops, charity shops, installation companies and city farms. Wecycle works on behalf of more than 1,500 manufacturers and importers.


PV CYCLE is a pan-European Producer scheme, offering dedicated compliance and waste management services for products under WEEE and Battery Producer Responsibility regulations, with a special focus on solar energy systems. Founded in 2007 by and for the PV industry, PV CYCLE set the benchmark for collective PV waste treatment and is today’s clear leader in the sector. The organization has national representations in a series of European countries, including Europe’s biggest PV markets Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Netherlands office is based in Zoetermeer and managed from PV CYCLE Headquarters in Brussels.