explanation of terms 'What is ...'
The agent / agent feature an option to work with ‘regional’ or 'general/headquarter' contract partners. The agent may work with sub-contractors and in case he may fill in or see reports of them (see user manual - system level point 3.2.7. or user manual - reporter level chapter 13).
The term ‘batch’ means to process a definite amount of WEEE appliances or WEEE fractions separate from other input material but with the same plant components and under the (nearly) same plant conditions as they would be used in daily practise;
as ‘batch’ a definite input amount [tons or units] can be used (e.g. mechanical processing) and/or a definite working period [e.g. some days, a week etc.] can be agreed (e.g. mainly for manual dismantling)
Controller remarks are a tool of communication between the WEEE system and the reporter. Based on the individual control of any report, controller remarks may be given by the controller of the report with advices to improve the report - see videos on setting of Controller remarks and cut outs under Videos for administrators as well as about how to work with Controller remarks and cut outs under Videos for reporters.
Composition data' are information on the composition of final fractions (see the video What means yield and what means composition?); you shall differentiate between:
- Fe/stainless steel
- Cu (incl. brass, other Cu alloys)
- Al (incl. alloys)
- other metals
- other organic fractions
- organic residues
- other inorganic fractions
- inorganic residues
See also video How to provide composition data? or the user manual - reporter level, point 2.7.1.
'De-pollution results' are short versions of treatment results mainly focussing on the yield of components or substances removed by de-pollution (see user manual - reporter level, chapter 6), you do not have to provide data for the whole treatment chain, just results of removal.
Evaluation rules are set by the WF-RepTool administrator (or e.g. the main controller) when he/she checks reports already provided under 'his' WF-RepTool access - see video Evaluation and cut outs under Videos for administrators.
Evaluation rules focus on the plausibility of data entries like e.g.:
- is the delivery of any OUTPUT fraction to a chosen technology plausible?
- is any OUTPUT fraction coming out from a technology plausible?
- is the composition of any final fraction - in any final technology - plausible?
- is the classification of use of any component of a final fraction - in any final technology - plausible?
Compare with inspection rules with which the completeness of a report is checked.
To the reporter evaluation rules applied in his reports are shown when choosing Summaries > Evaluation or in each report as inspection warnings - see video Evaluation results under Videos for reporters.
See also question Do I get help to control reports?
A 'final technology' is a technology / process where:
* physical properties/characteristics will be changed (e.g. metal is smelted, C > C02, plastics will be extruded and re-granulated) or
* where the waste stays for a long-term period = 'final destination' (e.g. landfill, road construction, ….)
(see the video Interim <> final technologies or the user manual - reporter level, point 220.127.116.11.)
Inspection rules are set by the WF-RepTool administrator when doing the settings for the WF-RepTool - see video Inspection rules and cut outs under Videos for administrators.
Inspection rules focus on the completeness of reports like e.g.
- missing acceptor entries
- missing country/market region entries for hazardous fractions
- total weight of final fractions is not 100 %
Compare with evaluation rules with which the plausibility of entries is checked.
To the reporter breaking of inspection rules is shown as inspection warnings - see video Inspection warnings under Videos for reporters.
See also question Do I get help to control reports?
A 'package' is a 'set' of treatment results defined by a ‘name’ for the package and describing treatment results for:
- a definite OUTPUT fraction,
- treated by a definite acceptor
For some WEEE fractions very often forwarded via 'traders' (and no information are given), the WEEE Forum has put together 'general packages' (see 'WEEE Forum packages') without giving the information on the acceptor.
See the overview video Packages and individual cut outs under Videos for reporters or the user manual - reporter level, chapter 8).
the meaning of 'pure' has been internally (WEEE Forum) defined as below 2 weight-% of impurity or non-target materials (1 % under discussion); examples:
* metal fraction with 0,x % plastics pieces (organic residues as impurity)
* hard plastics fraction with 0,x % of e.g. dust, fines (as impurtity) or metals as non-target material (it's my target to separate hard plastics, metals are not the 'target' in this fraction)
The menu option sampling result provided the option to determine ‘target’ recycling & recovery rates for any mixed INPUT fraction (mix of different WEEE categories with different target rates per WEEE input category). This feature is not relevant anymore - see video cut out Use sampling results? under Videos for administrators.
For a summary report (PRO version) you may select several reports and sum them up to a 'Summary report' (e.g. several period data to annual data, several annual results of treatment partners for one report for a WEEE input category) (see user manual - reporter level, chapter 11).
Yield data are results of further separation of fractions - I do e.g. separate a mixed metal fraction to Fe, Cu, Al, … and a residue fraction (see also the video What means yield and what means composition?).
The 'INPUT fractions' provided in the WF-RepTool were based on the 'collection categories' of WEEE most often used in Europe. Since the WEEE Directive 2012 they are quite the same as the categories (Annex III) in the Directive (see video New terms for input fractions from 2018).
WF-RepTool 'INPUT fractions' most often used are:
- large equipment
- cooling & freezing appliances (a sub-group of 'temperature exchange equipment')
- CRT or flat screens and monitors (sub-groups of 'screens, monitors, and equipment containing screens having a surface greater than 100 cm 2')
- small equipment (including small IT and telecommunication equipment) and
These collection categories are normally treated separately > WEEE input ‘collection & treatment category’.
For some OUTPUT fractions very often forwarded via traders (and no information on next treatment steps is available) the WF-RepTool expert group has created 'packages' which may be inserted to reports - see the video Use WEEE Forum packages? under Videos for administrators or the overview video Packages and individual cut outs under Videos for reporters or the user manual - reporter level, e.g. point 8.1.2).
The WF-RepTool code was built up on the EWC code (European waste code) of the European Union (see Commission Decision 2000/532/EC on the list of wastes). We used this EWC code to create a structure for numerous fractions being achieved from treatment of WEEE.
The WF-RepTool code is much more detailed than the EWC code but in most cases we could find appropriate names and codes for WEEE fractions by creating sub-codes of the EWC codes and structure.