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WEEE directive casts net wider

A senior advisor at the Environment Agency (EA) has said that more electrical and electronic businesses will fall under the remit of the recast WEEE Directive.

Chris Gove, senior advisor to the EA on producer responsibility, told MRW that the ‘open scope’ arrangement that comes into play in 2018 under the recast WEEE directive will “help remove some of the ambiguity of which EE [electrical equipment] products are covered by the directive, but will inevitably bring more businesses in the regulatory regime.”

The ‘open scope’ arrangement means that producers registered to WEEE compliance schemes will no longer measure whether their products are within a list covered by the the directive but whether they are on a list of what is excluded.

“Under open scope. anything not covered by one of the specific exclusions will be regarded as in scope,” according to Gove.

The recast WEEE Directive is currently at the stage where it is being transposed into EU member state legislation. This stage will be closed in February 2014.

The other main difference of the recast directive compared to the original WEEE Directive 2007 is that targets of WEEE must increase to 45% from 2016 and 65% in 2019.

Current UK WEEE collection rates are around 35%.

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