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Recast of WEEE Directive in force by Jan 2014 at earliest

The implementation of the recast of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive will not come into force before January 2014, it was revealed at a stakeholder meeting about EU legislation presented by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Presentations were headed up by BIS assistant director of environmental and product regulation Steven Andrews. It was reported that following the agreement of the first reading in March, a second reading would take place, depending on the decision of the Polish EU presidency. A final reading may then take place at the end of 2011, meaning implementation of the directive will be January 2014 at the earliest in order to allow for the designated 18-month period member states are given to prepare for its implementation.

Other discussions included how ‘large’ and ‘small’ WEEE should be defined. Currently, this is measured using the dimensions of the waste, yet there is debate about whether this should be based on weight instead. In addition, the proposal to have a reuse target separate from recovery was also welcomed by delegates. It would make recycling and reuse data clearer, as some items of WEEE, such as energy-saving lamps, cannot be reused while medical equipment is not believed to be suitable for reuse.

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