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.

The adopted text follows the comprehensive compromise package brokered on 21 December 2011. The text still needs to be formally adopted by the Council before being published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The adopted text includes:

  • Collection targets: In the first three years after entry into force of the Recast, member states should reach the current 4kg per capita target or the average of the amount of WEEE collected in the past 3 years - whichever is higher;
  • The definition of ‘producer’ will be revised in such a way as to allow an EU-based producer to comply through an authorised representative in a member state in which the producer has no legal seat;
  • The 1:0 take-back obligation for retailers, as demanded by Parliament, will apply to EEE smaller than 25 cm and only to retailers with an EEE sales area of less than 400m2;
  • The number of EEE categories, required for setting differentiated recovery targets, will shrink from 10 to 6;
  • An open scope with defined exemptions will be introduced after 6 years;
  • The burden of proof that exported equipment is used EEE will fall on the exporter;

Once published in the Official Journal of the European Union, all 27 EU Member States will have 18 months to transpose the changes into national legislation.

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  • Providing detailed consultancy advice and product assessments in accordance with the new EEE categories to determine whether your company products fall under one of the new product categories, will be temporarily or permanently exempt from the WEEE recast (for example, because your product falls under an application exemption);
  • Membership to thinkstep's approved Producer Compliance Scheme in the UK for professional-use products, B2BWEEE-Scheme;
  • Implementing web-based WEEE registration, collection, recycling and reporting arrangements to comply with the producer responsibility provisions of the WEEE Regulations in each country; and
  • Managing your company’s membership to local WEEE compliance schemes in countries where the WEEE regulations require all producers to join a scheme