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Q&A on the revised directive on WEEE

No. 44/2008 Description of main measures
A. Harmonising Registration and Reporting for Producers A new provision is added in the directive to harmonise producer registration and reporting in the EU by making national registers inter-operable.
B. Clarification of the Scope and Definitions To transfer certain annexes on the scope of the current WEEE Directive to the RoHS Directive (under article 95 of the Treaty). The scope of the WEEE Directive will refer to one of the RoHS annexes which outlines the 10 product categories that the directives apply to

Clarification on which appliances are excluded from the scope of the directive (eg: fixed installations)
A future comitology decision that will categorise types of appliances as household (B2C – business to consumer) and non-household appliances (B2B – business to business)

Definitions in the directive aligned with the definitions of the Waste Framework Directive and the "Marketing of products package". A definition on "remove" is added C. Collection Target The proposed 65% WEEE collection rate refers to the amount of electrical and electronic equipment placed on average on the market in the preceding two years. The proposed collection rate would need to be reached by producers every year starting in 2016. The rate applies both to household and non-household WEEE.
Member States may be granted transitional arrangements through comitology in case they have difficulties meeting these requirements due to specific national circumstances.
The proposed collection rate will be re-examined by the European Parliament and the Council in 2012 in view of setting possible separate collection targets for cooling and freezing equipment on the basis of a Commission report accompanied by a proposal, if appropriate.
D. Re-use and Recycling Target To include re-using whole appliances into the recycling and re-use target

Increase the targets by 5%

Recovery and recycling/re-use targets for medical devices set at the level of the targets for monitoring and control instruments (category 9 appliance)

E. Minimum Inspection and Monitoring Requirement for Member States To strengthen Member States' inspection and monitoring, especially as controlling waste treatment and waste shipments is concerned

Minimum monitoring requirements proposed for the shipping of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Additional inspections and monitoring rules through comitology F. Producer Responsibility/Financing Member States, where appropriate, should encourage producers to finance the cost of collection facilities of waste electrical and electronic equipment from private households.
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