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EIC calls for urgency on WEEE regulations

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has demanded Government action on the Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.
The EU directive controllling the recycling of electronic goods is supposed to become part of UK law by August 13.
However, the Government has yet to decide on a final wording of the legislation, leaving industry in the dark as to what preparations they should be making for its implementation.
The EIC represents environmental businesses' interests and in a letter to Environment minister Elliot Morley last week, EIC director Merlin Hyman said: "At the meeting between EIC and yourself in January, you expressed a desire to see the barriers to recycling technologies removed. In this case, lack of clear and timely guidance is one of the main barriers. The waste processing industry must be given the time to put in place the training and infrastructure to deal with WEEE."
Despite a planned launch in January, the National Clearing House (NCH), the administrative body that will calculate out how much producers of WEEE should pay according to market share, has also yet to materialise.
Hyman continued: "Given the deadline of August 13 2005 for commencement of a working collection and recycling scheme, and the lead time necessary for the processing and issuance of the required licenses, WEEE producers and handlers need to know now what licenses are required and what adjustments to facilities and capabilities are needed to get them."
He added that other EU states had already published their regulations, putting British industry at a disadvantage.
However, Hyman reiterated the industry's concern that the legislation becomes a rushed through botch job.
He said: "While there is an urgent need for these regulations to be delivered, EIC members would also stress the importance of getting them right."

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