Questions often asked when creating a report

shall be next level question after 'How to start to create a report with WF-RepTool?' - questions on creating a report

In general you shall fill in data about amounts of WEEE treated in a year / a period of report (principle of the WF-RepTool).
In special cases (e.g. you 'must' achieve same amounts of WEEE collected and WEEE treated), you may agree with your treatment partners, that stocks of input material have to be reported - options:
- as being treated (e.g./recommendation to do a separate report)
- if the technology not finished but fully planned, then fill in plans
- if the technology not is not known yet, then use worst case scenario (disposal)
(see also question on stocks of OUTPUT fractions How to manage/fill in data for stocks of OUTPUT fractions (not being treated in the year / the period of report)?)
No, but we recommend to do so:
* advantage for the 'reporter' is that he may recognise/remember data better
* advantage for the WEEE system / WF-RepTool access administrator or controller is that he/she might understand data better
The WF-RepTool code was built up on the EWC code (European waste code) of the European Union; it is used as a structure for sorting of WEEE fractions; main groups are:
- 16 dismantling fractions
- 19 10 large shredder fractions
- 19 12 fractions after separation
>> you may use this code to limit the choice of fractions when searching an OUTPUT fraction (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 2.3.2.1.)
Please check if you are using a wrong waste code. The list of WF-RepTool OUTPUT fractions covers a large number of sub terms of the European waste codes to cover all possible fractions from WEEE treatment. The WF-RepTool code is used as a structure for sorting the WEEE fractions and giving you help to search fractions (see What is the WF-RepTool code for?). If you are using other waste codes in any waste delivery documents, it's up to you to do so.
Doing the development of the WF-RepTool we have seen huge difference in de-pollution / treatment results not distinguishing this. Think about the example:
* asbestos containing ovens = appliances, specially packed for being landfilled
* asbestos containing parts dismantled (whole isolation parts, cords/lines)
* asbestos fibres separated
We want to give a clear structure of treatment steps and with these options of parts / pieces / fines to provide the relevant OUTPUT fractions from these treatment steps
(see also Use the stepwise approach to create a WF-RepTool report!)
Yes, it depends where the fraction is delivered to - examples:
(1) a circuit board fraction may be delivered to a fine shredder for shredding & separation (= interim technology or it may be forwarded to a Cu smelter that can treat this kind of material (= final technology)
(2) a mix of non ferrous metals may be delivered to sorting/separation (= interim technology) or may be forwarded to a Cu smelter (= final technology)
The question if a fraction is 'pure' will be first answered by looking at the fraction. General options are:
+) by visual analysis (consider to determine weight-% not volume-%)
+) by handpicking analysis
-) chemical analysis will most times not be necessary [distinguish from the determination of the composition data, where chemical analysis might be useful].
The WEEE Forum approach is that (consider: there might be differences if e.g. the authority asks for more details) :
* names of acceptors do not have to be provided for:
- acceptors of fractions having reached the 'end-of-waste' criteria
- acceptors for 'pure' metal fractions
- acceptors with technologies to be classified as disposal (landfill, municipal waste incineration)
* acceptors for hazardous wastes have to be given by name (until the end of the treatment chain - not only the 'collector' of hazardous wastes)
* issues 'between' have to be agreed between the WEEE system / WF-RepTool access administrator and the treatment partners
(see How to tackle confidentiality of names of acceptors?)
In general you shall push your treatment partners to provide data (and repeat this request); other options are:
* (especially at the beginning) you may use best estimations for technologies used
Hint: use all the time the same wording for this estimation, e.g. 'no info acceptor - est. technology', you may sort the list of final fractions to find this 'open acceptors' in a group & do actions to improve data
* in some cases (e.g. in countries with wide use of WF-RepTool or where e.g. also authorities do insist in reporting of each step of treatment) treatment partners changed their partners to those ones giving information
This options has been foreseen to provide reports to national authorities (> EU commission) regarding exports of WEEE and WEEE fractions even if names of acceptors are kept confidential (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 2.5.2.3.)
(see How to tackle confidentiality of names of acceptors?)
Yield data are results from further separation, composition data are information on the composition of final fractions
In general you shall push your treatment partners to provide data (and repeat this request); other options are:
* you may use experience data - from the market, from literature etc.
* you may use the WEEE Forum packages provided
(see also Do I have to provide the names of all acceptors?)
In general you shall push your treatment partners to provide data (and repeat this request); other options are:
* if you have 'good ideas' on the technology used, do best estimations on the technology used and on the use of components within,
* if you have 'no idea', go for the worst case scenario of e.g. landfilling / municipal waste incineration and classify as 'no use' = disposal.
Hint: use all the time the same wording for this estimation, e.g. 'no info acceptor - est. technology', you may sort the list of final fractions to find this 'open acceptors' in a group & do actions to improve data
(see also Do I have to provide the names of all acceptors?)
Use the […] box beside the 'Use in final technology' scroll down (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 2.7.3.) and search for the technology you have chosen (fill in to 'Examples technology contains') and you will find options for the 'use in final technology'; in case that you do not find the technology you have chosen, go for a similar technology.

You may use the WF-RepTool like for waste fractions - choose the name of the OUTPUT fraction (e.g. iron fraction 'pure'), choose the 'intended final technology' (e.g. steel mill) and provide the composition data like for other fractions (e.g. Fe > 100 %), the 'use in final technology' will be the same like for other iron fractions (Fe > Fe recovery) and it will be automatically classified (R = recycling for this case).
Hint: you may use the term 'end-of-waste' under the name of the acceptor, by doing this you may sum up all OUTPUT fractions having reached the 'end-of-waste' criteria in e.g. the 'Analyze' option.

Data are not complete (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 3.2.3.1.)
Data of amounts [kg] and shares [%] do not fit to each other (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 3.2.3.2.)
The status of a report 'to be verified' can be used for the case that the data input by the e.g. technical expert has been finished but data have to be given 'free' by the boss; with this it may be shown to the WEEE system / WF-RepTool access administrator that the report is close to be finished (better than 'in process').
The fraction was deducted from input (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 2.3.5.)
The OUTPUT fraction has been deleted from the choice of OUTPUT fractions (>> see user manual - reporter level, point 2.3.6.2.), please check the proposed alternatives.