News

WEEE Recast Directive Scope Adoption Timeline

WEEE Recast Directive Scope Adoption Timeline

August 2017

EU Member States are currently in a ‘transitional period’ in regards to the product scope of the WEEE Recast Directive and until the 15 August 2018, the current scope of 10 EEE categories will remain in place.

Foreign Distance Sellers of Batteries & Packaging

Foreign Distance Sellers of Batteries & Packaging

February 2017

As detailed in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, companies selling packaged products directly to end-users in a particular EU Member State could only be legally obligated to provide for the collection and recycling of the products waste packaging if that company were located within the country of sale.

Extended Producer Responsibility in Russia

Extended Producer Responsibility in Russia

May 2016

Russia is not a member of the European Union and has no obligation to transpose the requirements of the EU WEEE Directive, EU Batteries Directive or the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. However, Russia is able to implement legislation containing requirements similar to those of EU Member State national regulations.

Mandatory Visible Recycling Fee introduced in Slovakia

Mandatory Visible Recycling Fee introduced in Slovakia

January 2016

A new Slovak Waste Act (79/2015) has introduced the obligation for producers of consumer electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) to display the costs associated to the recycling of their products. This Waste Act was published in March 2015; however, the obligations for producers to display the Visible Recycling Fee has only been mandatory since 1 January 2016.

Luminaries Reporting Confusion in UK

Luminaries Reporting Confusion in UK

August 2015

In the United Kingdom there has recently been some confusion within industry about which category luminaries equipment with integrated LEDs should be reported under.

Removal of the Eco-Contribution in Malta

Removal of the Eco-Contribution in Malta

July 2015

The Maltese Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) are expected to publish two new legislative amendments in the next several days which would remove the Eco-Contribution for WEEE.

Extended Producer Responsibility in Chile

Extended Producer Responsibility in Chile

June 2015

On 9 June 2015 the Senate of the Chilean Ministry of Environment approved a bill for the Law on the Promotion of Recycling. The Law is now in the final stages of approval and a period of indications has been opened until 3 August.

Commission refers Germany to Court over failure to transpose WEEE Recast

Commission refers Germany to Court over failure to transpose WEEE Recast

June 2015

The European Commission has referred Germany to the European Court of Justice on the grounds that Germany has failed to transpose the WEEE Recast Directive.

Printer Cartridges in scope of the UK WEEE Regulations 2013

Printer Cartridges in scope of the UK WEEE Regulations 2013

January 2015

On 20 January 2015, the UK Environment Agency issued a statement regarding printer cartridges and the UK WEEE Regulations.

Overview of Draft WEEE Recast Regulations

Overview of Draft WEEE Recast Regulations

June 2014

Here, we provide an overview of draft WEEE regulations released in France, Germany, Norway, Romania and Slovakia and what they will mean for WEEE producers in these countries.

WEEE Recast Directive Update

WEEE Recast Directive Update

June 2014

The 14 February 2014 deadline for EU Member States to transpose the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recast Directive 2012/19/EU into national WEEE Regulations has now passed. So far Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK have transposed the WEEE Recast Directive.

Progress of WEEE Law Implementation in Israel

Progress of WEEE Law Implementation in Israel

June 2014

Israel’s WEEE Law entry into force was delayed by two months to 1 March 2014 to allow time to consider outstanding implementing regulations. Two of these implementing regulations have been approved.

WEEE Recast FAQ document

WEEE Recast FAQ document

June 2014

The Commission has published a FAQ document of the Recast WEEE Directive.

WEEE and Batteries producer fees in Italy

WEEE and Batteries producer fees in Italy

June 2014

A Draft Act, currently under discussion in parliament, adds environmental provisions to the ‘Stability (Budget) Law 2014’ which will permit the Government to charge fees for the costs of implementing and monitoring the WEEE and Batteries Decrees to producers.

Strengthened Waste Shipment Adopted

Strengthened Waste Shipment Adopted

June 2014

The Council of the European Union implemented an amendment to the waste shipment regulation 1013/2006/EC on 6 May 2014.

Reduced Glass Recycling Targets in the UK

Reduced Glass Recycling Targets in the UK

June 2014

Defra has confirmed that the business recycling targets for glass packaging will decrease following a review of data that found that there was less glass packaging on the market than previously thought.

Umweltbundesamt RoHS2 Report

Umweltbundesamt RoHS2 Report

June 2014

The Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has published its Final Report of a Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS2 on its RoHS 2 consultation website.

Proposed Reform of the Packaging Ordinance in Germany

Proposed Reform of the Packaging Ordinance in Germany

June 2014

Due to the considerable under-reporting of the tonnages of sales packaging that should be participating in dual systems, the German government has published a draft amendment to the Packaging Ordinance which tightens two exemptions from the obligation for sales packaging to participate in a dual system.

Packaging deposit laws in Lithuania and Latvia

Packaging deposit laws in Lithuania and Latvia

June 2014

An amendment to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Law which provides for a deposit system on non-reusable packaging and for associated marking requirements has been approved by the Lithuanian Parliament.

New packaging recovery and recycling targets in Czech Republic

New packaging recovery and recycling targets in Czech Republic

June 2014

An amendment of the Packaging Act which includes new recovery and recycling targets for 2015 to 2020 has been approved by the Czech Parliament.

B2BWEEE-Scheme 2013 Declaration of Compliance Satisfactory

B2BWEEE-Scheme 2013 Declaration of Compliance Satisfactory

May 2014

thinkstep's UK WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme, B2BWEEE-Scheme has received approval from the UK Environment Agency for its 2013 Declaration of Compliance.

Revised Batteries and Accumulators Directive 2013/56/EU published in EU Official Journal

Revised Batteries and Accumulators Directive 2013/56/EU published in EU Official Journal

January 2014

Battery and accumulators Directive 2006/66/EC has been amended by Directive 2013/56/EU in order to gradually reduce the amount of cadmium and mercury released into the environment as substitutes become more readily available.

WEEE Regulation in Ukraine to be adopted in 2014

WEEE Regulation in Ukraine to be adopted in 2014

December 2013

Once approved by the Minister of Economy, the re-released draft of the ‘Technical Regulations on WEEE’ it will be submitted to Parliament for adoption which is expected in early 2014.

Eco-contributions in Malta

Eco-contributions in Malta

December 2013

The removal of EEE and batteries from the scope of the Eco-Contribution Act has been proposed by Malta’s draft Waste Management Plan (WMP) 2013-2020. Importers of EEE and batteries have the double obligation of paying the eco-contribution fees and also taking back waste products under the WEEE and Batteries Regulations.

Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project initiated

Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project initiated

December 2013

The Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project aims to provide a set of recommendations to support the European Commission, law enforcement authorities, and customs organisations, in countering the illegal trade of eWaste in and from Europe.

Progress of the WEEE Recast transposition

Progress of the WEEE Recast transposition

December 2013

thinkstep provides an update on progress of the transposition of the WEEE Recast in EU Member States.

WEEE Registration deadline in FYR Macedonia remains

WEEE Registration deadline in FYR Macedonia remains

November 2013

FYR Macedonia’s WEEE Law takes effect from 2014. The law enforces take-back obligations on EEE producers and requires them to pay a high environmental fee from 2015 if they fail to meet collection targets through individual or collective waste plans.

WEEE collection stable during Hungarian waste sector reform

WEEE collection stable during Hungarian waste sector reform

November 2013

Each year since in 2008, collection of WEEE has stayed at 4.5kg per capita.

Changes to the UK WEEE regulations

Changes to the UK WEEE regulations

November 2013

BIS published Draft WEEE Regulations on 11 October 2013.

Promising Q3 figures for plastic packaging

Promising Q3 figures for plastic packaging

November 2013

Provisional packaging recovery data published by the Environment Agency in October has shown a significant rise in quarter three (Q3) of 2013 in the amount of plastic packaging that has been collected for recycling.

Proposed Implementation of the WEEE Recast in Sweden

Proposed Implementation of the WEEE Recast in Sweden

November 2013

In September 2012, the Swedish Environmental Protection Authority (SNV) and the Ministry of Environment agreed to prepare a proposal to implement the WEEE Recast (2012/19/EU). The proposal was released on 20 June 2013.

Batteries amendment to Slovakian Waste Act approved

Batteries amendment to Slovakian Waste Act approved

November 2013

At the end of 2010, the European Commission sent Slovakia a ‘Reasoned Opinion’, the first step towards infringement proceedings, for not having correctly transposed the WEEE and Batteries Directives.

Ban on cadmium in power tool batteries approved

Ban on cadmium in power tool batteries approved

November 2013

In October 2013 MEPs approved an amendment to Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC which removes the exemption from the ban on cadmium in portable batteries used in power tools from 31 December 2016.

thinkstep and SGS to host a free EU RoHS2 compliance seminar on 14 October in Texas with UK RoHS2 Regulator to present

thinkstep and SGS to host a free EU RoHS2 compliance seminar on 14 October in Texas with UK RoHS2 Regulator to present

September 2013

thinkstep, manager of the www.BOMcheck.net industry-led materials declarations web database service, and SGS www.sgs.com, the global leader in chemical testing and certification services, will host a free EU RoHS2 compliance seminar on 14 October in Fort Worth, Texas to help US manufacturers navigate the regulatory requirements. The UK RoHS2 Regulator Chris Smith is to give a presentation on “RoHS2 Compliance and Enforcement”.

UK Government publishes paper on the summary of stakeholder and Government responses to coherence across the Producer Responsibility regimes

UK Government publishes paper on the summary of stakeholder and Government responses to coherence across the Producer Responsibility regimes

September 2013

The Government published a discussion paper on 18 April 2013 which requested stakeholder opinions on ideas for developing a more coherent regulatory approach across the different Producer Responsibility (PR) regimes.

WEEE Recast Introduces Stringent Requirements for WEEE and Used EEE Export Out of the EU

WEEE Recast Introduces Stringent Requirements for WEEE and Used EEE Export Out of the EU

September 2013

The WEEE Recast has introduced new requirements to fight illegal shipments of WEEE outside the EU. A higher number of shipments will be subject to reporting obligations and contractual obligations to ensure take-back if the shipment fails. In addition, the WEEE Recast requires exporters to provide documentation evidence that used EEE exported outside the EU is being shipped for repair or reuse.

Support for BIS planned changes to the UK WEEE System

Support for BIS planned changes to the UK WEEE System

August 2013

Outcomes of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills’ (BIS) consultation on the proposed changes to the system were published 28 August. The results indicate that the majority of stakeholders favoured plans for changes to the system.

Finland Proposes New Packaging Decree

Finland Proposes New Packaging Decree

August 2013

The new Finnish Packaging Decree would set higher recycling targets and increase producers’ responsibility.

Number of WEEE Compliance Organisations Decrease in Bulgaria

Number of WEEE Compliance Organisations Decrease in Bulgaria

August 2013

The new Bulgarian Waste Act, adopted in July 2012 has reduced the number of compliance schemes from 15 to five.

New Packaging and Packaging Waste Act Implemented in Poland

New Packaging and Packaging Waste Act Implemented in Poland

August 2013

On 13 June 2013 the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Management Act was adopted by the Polish Parliament.

SISTRI to start in October 2013

SISTRI to start in October 2013

August 2013

The System to Trace Collection and Transport of Waste (SISTRI) in Italy will be in place by October 2013.

Croatia becomes the 28th EU Member State

Croatia becomes the 28th EU Member State

July 2013

On 1 July 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the EU. Croatia applied to become an EU Member State in 2003 and began negotiations in 2005.

Plastic PRN market set to remain volatile during 2013

Plastic PRN market set to remain volatile during 2013

June 2013

There are a couple of factors that are currently affecting the plastic PRN market.

EA predicts decrease in overall PRN demand

EA predicts decrease in overall PRN demand

June 2013

Environment Agency data published on the National Waste Packaging Database (NWPD) indicates a fall in the overall packaging obligation compared to 2012.

New guidelines for transboundary movements of e-waste not adopted

New guidelines for transboundary movements of e-waste not adopted

June 2013

The Basel Convention lays down rules to control, at an international level, transboundary movements of wastes hazardous to human health and the environment, and their disposal particularly in developing countries. The Convention came into force on 5 May 1992.

Amendment to Slovakian Waste Act

Amendment to Slovakian Waste Act

June 2013

Following the European Commission’s ‘reasoned opinion’ (proceeding no. 2012/2062) for inadequately transposing Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC, Slovakia has released a draft amendment to the Waste Act.

List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2

List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2

June 2013

DG Environment (European Commission) has commissioned the Austrian Environment Ministry (Umweltbundesamt) to study for the review of the List of Restricted Substances under ROHS2 Directive.

WEEE Recast Implementation Progress

WEEE Recast Implementation Progress

May 2013

With a Recast transposition deadline of 14 February 2014, thinkstep provides a useful overview of EU Member State progress so far.

Rise in UK WEEE collection rate

Rise in UK WEEE collection rate

March 2013

A decrease in the amount of EEE placed on the UK market in 2012 has led to an increased WEEE collection rate. The collection rate for B2B and B2C WEEE in 2012 reached 35.37% compared to a collection rate of 34.41% in 2011.

The first mandatory EU battery target has been met by the UK

The first mandatory EU battery target has been met by the UK

March 2013

The Batteries Directive requires Member States to collect 25% of the average number of portable batteries placed onto the market over the previous three years. The UK achieved a collection rate of 27.7% in 2012. In 2015, Member States will be required to reach a collection target of 45%.

Poland adopts a new Waste Management Act

Poland adopts a new Waste Management Act

March 2013

Act (No. 21/2013) came into force on 23 January to transpose the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC).

Defra to Amend Glass Recycling Target

Defra to Amend Glass Recycling Target

March 2013

The Packaging Waste Regulations Amendment approved in December 2012 contains an error. An incorrect formula was used for calculating the proportion of a producer’s glass obligations that have to be met by PRNs/PERNs from remelt.

Inconsistencies in lead acid battery reporting to be resolved

Inconsistencies in lead acid battery reporting to be resolved

February 2013

Battery recycling data in the UK is being skewed by a disproportionate number of lead acid batteries included in portable battery recycling data caused by uncertainty in the definition of portable batteries.

WEEE recycling carried out by treatment operators unreported

WEEE recycling carried out by treatment operators unreported

February 2013

Up to one third of WEEE is being recycled outside of producer take-back schemes by treatment operators and not being reported according to report on Europe’s WEEE regimes released by DIGITALEUROPE, European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA) and LightingEurope.

EA investigates suspected illegal shipment of WEEE to Nigeria

EA investigates suspected illegal shipment of WEEE to Nigeria

February 2013

A suspected illegal shipment of WEEE from the UK to Nigeria is being investigated by the Environment Agency.

Enforcement action against illegal WEEE export

Enforcement action against illegal WEEE export

February 2013

In the UK’s largest illegal WEEE export case, three men have been fined and ordered to pay confiscation monies under the Proceeds of Crimes Act. The largest penalty issued to one of the men was £17,000 with £20,000 of costs, a surcharge of £15 and a £75,000 confiscation order within six months or 18 months in prison if he failed to pay.

BIS considers changes to the WEEE System

BIS considers changes to the WEEE System

December 2012

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is considering a number of options to change the WEEE system following the adoption of the WEEE Recast by the European Union on 24 July 2012. Defra is also looking to make changes to the WEEE system under its Red Tape Challenge, with the aim to reduce the administrative burden on businesses.

Increased UK packaging recycling targets from January 2013

Increased UK packaging recycling targets from January 2013

December 2012

An agreement in Parliament to amend packaging waste regulations has set higher recycling targets for plastics, aluminium and steel packaging in the UK in 2013-2017. The regulations will replace the current packaging regulation, which expires at the end of 2012.

Producer responsibility regulations under review

Producer responsibility regulations under review

September 2012

The Producer Responsibility (PR) Regulations currently in place in the UK have been developed to deliver commitment to the four EU Directives that cover WEEE, batteries, packaging, and end of life vehicles. However, businesses criticise the major differences between the four PR regimes. Both the government and businesses believe that overall effectiveness of the regulations could be improved and the administrative burdens placed on businesses reduced.

Potential for a WEEE recycling design incentive

Potential for a WEEE recycling design incentive

August 2012

A report reviewing individual producer responsibility (IPR) in the UK has been produced by a Working Group set up in 2009 by the now non-operational WEEE Advisory Body (WAB) of BIS.

Non-compliance penalties in Greece

Non-compliance penalties in Greece

August 2012

The Hellenic Recycling Agency (EOAN, formerly known as EOEDSAP) is currently issuing penalties to 10 companies for the breach of the WEEE Regulations.

BIS introduces short-term measures to reduce the cost of WEEE evidence

BIS introduces short-term measures to reduce the cost of WEEE evidence

July 2012

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has revealed several short-term measures to increase transparency in the WEEE system.

UK meets 18% battery recycling target for 2011

UK meets 18% battery recycling target for 2011

July 2012

Portable battery recycling data published by the Environment Agency show that the UK met its battery recycling target in 2011.

WEEE collection rate around 80% in Bulgaria

WEEE collection rate around 80% in Bulgaria

July 2012

Data from the Executive Environment Agency (EEA) indicate that Bulgaria has achieved the highest WEEE collection rate in the EU. The quantity of WEEE collected in 2010 corresponds to 82% of EEE placed on the market in that year. The collection rate for 2011 is 77%.

Scottish Government plans to change PRN system

Scottish Government plans to change PRN system

July 2012

The government is looking to allow packaging waste in Scotland to be recorded separately to that in England and Wales by amending the current producer responsibility regulations.

Transposition of Norwegian Batteries Directive expected before summer break

Transposition of Norwegian Batteries Directive expected before summer break

July 2012

In November 2011, the draft of an amendment regulation which will fully transpose the EU Batteries and Accumulators Directive 2006/66/EC was released. It is expected to be adopted at the beginning of July 2012 by parliament and to be published before the summer break.

WEEE Recast Enters EU Law

WEEE Recast Enters EU Law

July 2012

The WEEE Recast was formally adopted by the European Union on 24 July 2012. Member States have until January 2014 to update their existing WEEE Regulations (18 months after the publication of the Recast of the WEEE Directive in the Official Journal of the European Union).

Digital switchover: WEEE recycling rate unaffected

Digital switchover: WEEE recycling rate unaffected

June 2012

In April 2012, analogue television was switched to digital in London and others parts of the UK. However, according to Environment Agency data, this seems to have had little effect on WEEE collection rates in the first quarter of 2012.

BIS gathers evidence on cost of WEEE compliance

BIS gathers evidence on cost of WEEE compliance

June 2012

From 28 May 2012, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is gathering information and data from manufacturers and producer compliance schemes on the costs of compliance per year, as well as views on whether linking the treatment and recycling costs with the price of evidence would change the dynamics of system.

Romanian 2012 WEEE collection targets not yet known

Romanian 2012 WEEE collection targets not yet known

June 2012

A change of the WEEE legislation in 2010 made producers individually responsible for achieving collection targets. The collection target applies to both B2C and B2B EEE and is calculated each year on the basis of volumes placed on the market (POTM) in the previous two years. The target for 2012 has not been set as these data have not yet been released.

WEEE Recast adopted by the European Council

WEEE Recast adopted by the European Council

June 2012

On 7th June 2012, the WEEE recast was formally adopted by the European Council of Ministers, the last stage before entering EU law. The recast will become law once it enters the Official Journal of the European Communities. Member states will then have to update their national legislation within 18 months of that date.

Environment Agency releases 2010 battery data

Environment Agency releases 2010 battery data

May 2012

With a collection rate of 9.45% of waste portable batteries, the UK fell short of the non-statutory collection target of 10% in 2010. A total of 43,446 tonnes of waste portable were placed onto the market in 2010 and 4,429 tonnes were collected.

Defra publishes plan to simplify UK environmental regulations

Defra publishes plan to simplify UK environmental regulations

May 2012

A plan to simplify the Environmental Regulations has been published by The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Changes to the regulations include those covering responsibility obligations of WEEE, batteries and packaging producers and chemicals (REACH).

Government proposals to exclude composite packaging from the data used to calculate aluminium packaging recycling obligations

Government proposals to exclude composite packaging from the data used to calculate aluminium packaging recycling obligations

May 2012

In December 2011, Defra initiated a consultation on new packaging recycling targets for 2012-2017 (see news article). Defra proposed that composite packaging containing aluminium should no longer be counted towards the overall waste arising figure for aluminium. It is difficult to extract the aluminium from composite packaging (such as Tetra Pak and tubes of toothpaste). Defra’s suggestion is intended to make the aluminium recycling targets more achievable and will bring the UK in line with the rest of other EU Member State Packaging Regulations.

Higher plastics PRN prices predicted

Higher plastics PRN prices predicted

May 2012

Plastic PRN prices could rise to between £35 to £65 a tonne following the increase in plastic packaging recycling targets to 57% by 2017. Currently, plastic PRNs sell for around £5 a tonne.

Lithuanian Packaging and Packaging Waste Law amended

Lithuanian Packaging and Packaging Waste Law amended

May 2012

The Lithuanian Packaging and Packaging Waste Law has recently been amended. The system in which obligations were met using tradable recycling certificates has been abolished, and instead there will be direct subsidies to the municipalities. The previous system cost producers around 7 million euros per year and the new system is estimated to cost about 20 million euros.

Defra publishes progress report on Waste Policy Review

Defra publishes progress report on Waste Policy Review

May 2012

A progress report has been published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which examines each policy against its reasons for action and the schedule set out for its completion.

WEEE Recast delayed

WEEE Recast delayed

April 2012

Approval of the final text of the recast WEEE Directive by the European Council of Ministers has been delayed due to the time it is taking the EU to accurately translate the Directive into 27 languages. The UK government’s plans to consult on implementing the WEEE recast measures could be postponed until the end of 2012 or even early 2013.

Environment Agency data reveals packaging recycling targets for 2011 achieved

Environment Agency data reveals packaging recycling targets for 2011 achieved

April 2012

Provisional data published by the Environment Agency indicates that packaging producers have comfortably met the recycling targets for 2011.

Environment Agency data indicates that UK has fallen short of the 18% interim recycling target for 2011

Environment Agency data indicates that UK has fallen short of the 18% interim recycling target for 2011

April 2012

Provisional data relating to portable batteries being recycled in 2011 gathered by the Environment Agency and released on the National Packaging Waste Database indicate that the UK interim collection target of 18% may not have been achieved by approved batteries compliance schemes.

UK acts to simplify waste regulations

UK acts to simplify waste regulations

March 2012

On 19 March, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced its plans to free businesses from issuing Waste Transfer Notes (WTNs), while a full review of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) system will also take place.

UK Budget 2012 sets higher packaging targets

UK Budget 2012 sets higher packaging targets

March 2012

On 21 March 2012, Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget established higher UK packaging recycling targets for 2013-17, taking them further above EU mandatory levels.

B2BWEEE-Scheme receives continued approval

B2BWEEE-Scheme receives continued approval

14 March 2012

thinkstep's UK WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme, B2BWEEE-Scheme has received continued approval from the UK Environment Agency.

Formal declaration for B2B WEEE compliance required in France

Formal declaration for B2B WEEE compliance required in France

February 2012

In order to improve the control of waste resulting from B2B equipment, the Ministry of Environment in France (ADEME) has set up new guidelines that require every B2B producer to provide a declaration that the responsibility for end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment has either been transferred directly to the end-user or has been assumed through the producer’s own individual take-back and recycling arrangements.

Parliament adopts WEEE recast Directive

Parliament adopts WEEE recast Directive

January 2012

As expected, the European Parliament adopted the recast WEEE Directive in its second reading in plenary on 19 January 2012.

thinkstep provides batteries compliance guidance at European Environmental Seminar

thinkstep provides batteries compliance guidance at European Environmental Seminar

Barcelona - November 2011

Howard Stimpson, Senior Consultant in thinkstep's WEEE, RoHS and EcoDesign practice area in Bath, UK recently presented on challenges to meet EU batteries producer compliance at the Annual European Environmental Seminar of a Fortune 500 company.

New requirements for batteries producers in Slovakia

New requirements for batteries producers in Slovakia

May 2011

At the end of 2010, the European Commission sent Slovakia a ‘Reasoned Opinion’, the first step towards infringement proceedings, for not having correctly transposed the WEEE and Batteries Directives. Drafting of a new Waste Act began in early 2011.

UK company fined for non-compliance with Packaging Regulations

UK company fined for non-compliance with Packaging Regulations

1 April 2011

The UK Environment Agency has recently fined a producer £15,000 plus £1,670 costs for failing to comply with the UK Packaging Regulations in 2007 and 2008.

 thinkstep approved as service provider by US Commercial Service

thinkstep approved as service provider by US Commercial Service

The US Commercial Service is part of the US Department of Commerce and its role is to anticipate and respond to the needs of US exporters to the European Union, especially new-to-export, small and medium sized businesses, as well as US businesses already operating in the EU.

New requirements for WEEE collection in Italy

New requirements for WEEE collection in Italy

14 September 2011

Changes in Italian legislation mean waste take-back and transport will soon be subject to notification requirements under the System to Trace Collection and Transport of Waste (SISTRI) for certain types and producers of waste in Italy, including WEEE.

Customer relationship module adds marketing benefits

Customer relationship module adds marketing benefits

Demand for our web system for managing WEEE compliance across Europe continues to grow. After piloting with several clients, this week we launched a new customer relationship module which adds valuable marketing benefits.

What our clients say

What our clients say

Incorporating the thinkstep web-based WEEE compliance system into our company's website was straightforward. The WEEE web pages look great and provide our customers with a very easy method for properly disposing of their waste instruments.

US Commercial Service teams up with thinkstep for WEEE webinar

US Commercial Service teams up with thinkstep for WEEE webinar

The US Commercial Service and thinkstep provide a webinar on WEEE take-back for B2B products in Europe.