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.

European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, commented on Twitter: “Council finally adopted the WEEE recast today – should see 85% of waste electronic equipment recycled in 2020. In EU, 20 kgs per person!”.

In the UK, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is expected to introduce legislation in 2013 to comply with the WEEE recast. From 28 May 2012 BIS is gathering information and data from manufacturers and producer compliance schemes on implementing measures which may make the WEEE system less costly for businesses (see news article).

thinkstep's WEEE Update Service keeps companies up-to-date with any developments in EU Member State WEEE Regulations and other relevant waste management legislation. thinkstep can also provide practical information to companies on what the WEEE Recast will mean for producers of professional-use products when selling into Europe, and how thinkstep can further assist companies in understanding these new requirements.