European Parliament to Vote on Increasing WEEE Directive Targets
No. 03/2011 On February 3, 2010, the European Parliament voted and approved amendments to the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) by majority. The members of parliament (MEPs) voted a new target of collecting 85% of e-waste arising from 2016. There will be more restricted rules on e-waste throughout the European Union (EU) in order to meet the new targets of 85% WEEE to be collected and between 50-75% recycling of WEEE by 2016.
The following is the summary of some of the changes to e-waste management in the EU:
Broader scope to cover all types of electrical and electronic equipment, except for listed exceptions, such as large installations and tools, military equipment and vehicles
Harmonization of standards for collection and handling of WEEE
Standardization of registration and reporting for producers, a move the Parliament claimed would reduce their administrative burden and costs
Introduction a new 5% reuse target
Promotion of sustainable production and recovery
Promotion of eco-design of EEE products
Stop illegal shipment of waste and control shipments of EEE exported out of the EU These changes are not set in stone yet as the EU environment ministers will reach a political agreement on this directive next month.
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