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23 Feb 2010 09:02:05

Producers will not pay for electrical waste collection



Producers will not pay for electrical waste collection
Proposals for manufacturers to pay for the collection of electrical waste have been rejected in the recast of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

The European Commission initially planned for producers to finance the cost of waste collection.

However, Karl Heinz-Florenz's report on the revisions now claims that including manufacturers and producers in the collection process would complicate existing arrangements between authorities on waste collection.

According to Let's Recycle, he has also said that the move would not reduce the amount going to landfill and would abdicate households from their responsibility as consumers.

Amendments that have been retained include reducing the number of categories for WEEE from ten to five, enforcing weight-based collection targets for EU nations and increasing the obligations of households.

The recast of the WEEE Directive was proposed in December 2008. Collection targets were first set at 65 percent for producers, with an expected environmental benefit of waste being separated and being properly treated.

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