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Top manufacturers slam UK WEEE implementation

Britain and 10 other European Union (EU) member states have been attacked by an unusual alliance of electrical goods manufacturers and environmentalists who allege they have failed to properly implement the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive on waste from electrical and electronic equipment.

Sony, Nokia and Hewlett Packard have joined Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and others, calling for European Commission legal action against the UK, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Latvia, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain for not implementing a key clause encouraging manufacturers to use recyclable materials. This is article 8.2, which insists that electrical goods producers lodge financial guarantees to ensure they can afford to manage the recovery and recycling of their products, once they have ended their useful life.

The industry-green group alliance claims this incentive to encourage producers to improve design is not provided within national laws implementing the directive.

In a communiqué, they said: This jeopardises the attainment of the Directives objectives, which means that companies will not be financially rewarded for making products easier to recycle.

The statement also stresses the costs involved in dealing with differences in national transposition which cause different legal and financial exposures for the actors on the EU market.

 

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