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Why are WEEE still waiting?

The long, long wait for a timetable for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive implementation looks no closer to an end as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has yet again delayed its launch.

At the beginning of the month, the DTI told MRW that a timetable would be issued within a week.

Two weeks have now passed since and the timetable looks no closer.

A DTI spokesman said today: "We have no news on the timetable. It will be soon."

The WEEE Directive should have been written into UK law by August 13 last year. As it stands the deadline for the implementation of the law remains August 13 this year.

The DTI appears to be dragging its heals as Government ministers decide how best to implement the directive.

Rumours continue to circulate that the National Clearing House will be abandoned for a state-run system giving recyclers specific sites to collect from (see MRW story).

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