WEEE Directive News

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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What progress on the WEEE recast?

Allowing for an 18 month transposition period the recast of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive could become UK law by the end of 2012 although there is a possibility that it may drift into 2013.   A draft report was published in February. Orgalime, the European Federation of major…

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New EU WEEE proposals

A study published by the European Commission recommends the creation of a dedicated European body to oversee the implementation and enforcement of European Union waste law. This forms part of a series of steps being taken by the EC to improve waste management and ensure it meets the requirements set…

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WEEE does impact the EDE

The WEEE directive requires 10 categories of electrical equipment to be collected, treated, recycled and disposed of when it reaches end of life. The directive sets targets for the percentages of materials that must be recovered and includes a list (in Annex II) of parts that have to be removed…

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When is a shoe not a shoe?

So finally the German courts decided that a high-tech sports shoe does not fall within scope of the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive. Last year the German National Register (Elektro-Altgerate Register – EAR) was challenged by a Producer on the sports shoe, and the matter subsequently went…

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Design tip - WEEE

The dismantling time for products can vary enormously depending on whether or not they are designed for easy recycling. The overall cost of recycling will depend on many factors including dismantling time and therefore designers should consider what happens to their products at end-of-life. For example: • Design components…

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Impact on Design - WEEE Directive / Recycling

The EU WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Directive requires 10 categories of electrical and electronic equipment to be collected, treated, recycled and disposed of when it reaches end-of-life. The directive sets targets for the percentages of materials that must be recovered and includes a list of parts…

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WEEE Directive - Live in the UK

With everything else going on in the UK over the weekend it is worth noting that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) came into force on July 1st. To be honest WEEE is a pretty complicated directive. Unlike RoHS, this is categorised as an Article 175 directive meaning…

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