From Saturday 13 August, all EU citizens should be able to bring their electrical and electronic waste free of charge to shops on a 1:1 basis when they purchase a new product. In addition there should be central collection points for e-waste in all EU Member States. These new facilities for consumers are a result of the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Its goal is to ensure that e-waste, which often contains hazardous substances, is not simply thrown away, but is collected, recycled and reused, with the remaining waste being properly treated. E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream and poses particular problems in the municipal waste stream. Hazardous substances may be released through incineration and landfilling. The Directive also requires that from Saturday on, all e-products put on the market are marked with a crossed-out bin so that consumers know that they should not simply throw them away. It also obliges Member States to make sure that producers have set up financing systems to pay for the collection, treatment, recovery and elimination of electro-scrap.