Glossary

explanation of terms 'What is ...'

‘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)
Composition data' are information on the composition of final fractions; you shall differentiate between (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 2.7.1):
- Fe/stainless steel
- Cu (incl. brass, other Cu alloys)
- Al (incl. alloys)
- other metals
- plastics / organic fractions
- organic residues
- glass
- other inorganic fractions
- inorganic residues
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.
A 'final fraction' is a fraction which is delivered to and treated in a final technology
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 user manual - reporter level, point 2.5.2.6.)
An 'interim fraction' is a fraction which is further separated in an interim technology; opposite is 'final fraction'
An 'interim technology' is a technology where a further separation to different OUTPUT fractions takes place (in case mixing of fractions); opposite is 'final technology'
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' (called 'WEEE Forum packages) without giving the information on the acceptor
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 impurtiy) 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 of (>> see user manual - reporter level, chapter 6) provides 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) (>> see user manual - reporter level, chapter 7)
For a summary report (PRO version) you may select several reports and sum 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 10).
A 'task' is an option to hand over the 'job' to fill in data to the acceptor of the OUTPUT fraction (>> see user manual - reporter level, chapter 8)
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
The 'INPUT fractions' provided in the WF-RepTool are based on the 'collection categories' of WEEE most used in Europe (see e.g. cooling & freezing appliances, large appliances, screens and monitors, small appliances and lamps); these collection categories are normally treated separately > WEEE input ‘collection & treatment category’; they may consist of several WEEE categories defined by the WEEE Directive (e.g. small appliances as mixture of small household appliances, consumer electronics, tools, toys, etc.)
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 user manual - reporter level, point 11.3.2.3)
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). The WF-RepTool code is used as a structure for sorting the WEEE fractions.