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BERR concerned over EC WEEE proposals

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Source: Materials Recycling Week

The proposals follow the Commission’s review of WEEE and the Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

BERR has released a consultation paper on the EC’s planned changes for WEEE and RoHs saying that they could cause “significant challenges” for British businesses.

Under the new updates the Commission is proposing a fundamental change in setting the target for separately collected WEEE. It has proposed that a combined target for household and non-household WEEE collection should be calculated as a percentage of the average weight of all relevant EEE placed on the market in the two previous years in each Member State. The Commission also wants Member States to “encourage” producers to finance all the costs occurring for collection facilities from WEEE from private households. This could take form in providing direct funding to local authorities or encouraging producers to finance kerb-side collection.

A BERR spokeswoman said: “Our consultation paper will give the electronics and information and communication technology industries, the waste management sector, consumers and other interested parties the opportunity to inform the UK government’s understanding of the impact the changes will have, ahead of the formal negotiations in Brussels.”

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