New onus on producers in electrical waste Directive

Manufacturers or importers of electrical and electronic goods would have sole responsibility for ensuring the recovery of end-of-life equipment, according to the first draft of a proposed EC Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). They would also be responsible for collection of commercial WEEE, and would have to be "encouraged" by Member States to set up take-back schemes for household WEEE.

Initial proposals from the Commission's Environment Directorate, DGXI, for a Directive on take-back of electronic products were reported last autumn when a working paper was circulated to Member States and interested parties (ENDS Report 273, pp 38-39 ).

The Commission is hoping to agree a final proposal by t

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