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Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

History of the WEEE Recast

In December 2008, the European Commission proposed to revise the Directive 2002/96/EC on WEEE. The recast of the WEEE Directive has ended with the publication of the new Directive Directive 2012/19/EU which entered into force on 13 August 2012 and became effective on 14 February 2014.

Important process steps were:

Documents from the start of the recast process:

The new Directive introduces a collection target of 45% of electronic equipment sold that will apply from 2016 and, as a second step from 2019, a target of 65% of equipment sold, or 85% of WEEE generated. Member States will be able to choose which one of these two equivalent ways to measure the target they wish to report. The new collection targets agreed will ensure that around 10 million tons, or roughly 20kg per capita, will be separately collected from 2019 onwards.

The new WEEE Directive will give EU Member States the tools to fight illegal export of waste more effectively. Illegal shipments of WEEE disguised as legal shipments of used equipment, in order to circumvent EU waste treatment rules, are a serious problem. The new Directive will force exporters to test and provide documents on the nature of their shipments when the shipments run the risk of being waste.

A further improvement is the harmonisation of national registration and reporting requirements under the Directive. Member States' registers for producers of electrical and electronic equipment will now have to be integrated more closely. The Commission will adopt a harmonised format to be used for the supply of information. Administrative burdens are consequently expected to decrease significantly.