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Expert analysis of electronics-related legislation and compliance requirements, such as RoHS, REACH and WEEE, from industry expert Gary Nevison of Farnell.

WEEE Directive

WEEE2 here after Christmas

The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and will be transposed into national law by 14 February 2014 (1 January 2014 in the UK).

At that time the old WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) will be repealed. From 15 August 2018 the scope…

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Government Guidance Notes published - WEEE

BIS has published Government Guidance Notes on the WEEE Regulations. This interim guidance applies from 1 January 2014.

It will be revised once the EC publish a final version of their own guidance.

Subjects covered include:

Scope
Consumers
Distributors
Producers
Producer Compliance Schemes
Collection facilities
Non-household EEE
Treatment facilities…

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Recycling targets for WEEE

The Council of The European Union has adopted a directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment which aims to improve collection, re-use and recycling of used electronic devices so as to contribute to the overall reduction of waste as well as the more efficient use of resources.

It aims…

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WEEE Recast will require trialogue compromise

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted by 52 votes to 1, with 5 abstentions on its second reading recommendation on the

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive that aims to make existing rules even tougher.

However, the crystal ball suggests that the second reading is unlikely to receive…

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WEEE cost burden on the SME

The UK negotiators will fight to reduce the cost burden of the WEEE Directive on the SME. While there was little support across Member States during the first reading (why on earth not?) it will be raised again when second reading negotiations commence later in the year.

At worst the…

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WEEE recast-10 categories to 5

The WEEE recast proposes to reduce the 10 categories of the WEEE Directive to 5. So what are they?: Fluorescent lamps, Screens (TVs, monitors), temperature control equipment (fridges and heaters), large household and small household equipment. Large and small household may well be differentiated by weight but possibly size. This…

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WEEE - open scope agreed in principle

On 14 March the Council of the European Union agreed on its first reading approach to revised rules concerning the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive.

An “open scope” was agreed in principle to cover all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) from six years after the entry into force…

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WEEE directive and recast update

The EU WEEE Directive has been in force since 2005 and is currently being amended by the EU after a comprehensive review by the European Commission. There is e-waste legislation in many other countries around the world.  The article attached summarises the current status in the EU and explains…

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