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Definite WEEE date in three months

A definite implementation date for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive will be decided within the next three months.

While it has been suggested that this could come into effect on January 1 2007, a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) spokesman said that contrary to ongoing speculation, this date has not been agreed as yet.

A suggested timetable has been put forward in a letter to key stakeholders, but the recommendations must go through a rigorous process before any dates are finalised.

The spokesman said: “A letter has been sent to key stakeholders involved with the implementation and an advisory group is to look in to the matter and comment back before a final timetable is published during the summer.

“There is a lot of interest in the matter and views will be sought as well as a three month public consultation before recommendations are put before Parliament.”

The letter includes a proposed staggering of implementation, from a formal input on January 1 2007 to a timeframe that will allow local authorities and producer compliance schemes to get funding and practices in place before the key principles of the scheme come into force in April of that year.

But with stakeholders and advisory groups set to debate the issue, we could soon have definite dates for a directive that was originally supposed to come into force on August 13 2005.

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