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Frequently Asked Questions on WEEE

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What are the requirements at EU level regarding labelling of products subject to WEEE, in terms of their compliance with WEEE?

Are there differences/discrepancies among Member States in terms of the methods/standards for evaluating the compliance with the collection/recycle/treatment rates?

What are the procedures and methods/standards of Member States for regulating importation of products from countries outside of the EU?

If an importer joins a collection and recycling scheme for WEEE in one Member State, will the products be deemed in conformity with the requirements collection/recovery/ treatment of WEEE?

Will the minimum collection/recovery/treatment rates be increased in the future? Probably when and how the increase is decided?

On the recycle/reuse rates, do the Member States' regulations have clear requirements or definitions on which kinds of materials used in electrical and electronic equipment should be collected/recycled/reused/treated? For examples, glass fibre, plastic cover/case with paint/ink, plastic cover/case with insert screw, ABS+PS, alloy made of several kinds of metals.

On basis for determining the recycle/reuse rates, would the data provided by producers or the data provided by the local collection and recycling schemes constitute the basis for determination?

 

What are the requirements at EU level regarding labelling of products subject to WEEE, in terms of their compliance with WEEE?

CENELEC have produced a standard for the wheeeled bin marking required on products covered by WEEE. It is EN50419:2005 and can be obtained from Standards bodies.

CENELEC are proposing to look at the use of smart tracker chip tags to carry information on when a product was placed on the market.

Are there differences/discrepancies among Member States in terms of the methods/standards for evaluating the compliance with the collection/recycle/treatment rates?

The EU WEEE directive only sets minimum requirements on Member States. There are considerable differences emerging in implementation approaches between Member States. See the Perchard report and members area of the seeba website.

What are the procedures and methods/standards of Member States for regulating importation of products from countries outside of the EU?

This is not clear at the moment

If an importer joins a collection and recycling scheme for WEEE in one Member State, will the products be deemed in conformity with the requirements collection/recovery/ treatment of WEEE?

No not necessarily since each Member State is different. For some countries producers will have to submit a plan on how they propose to conform to the WEEE/RoHS requirements

Will the minimum collection/recovery/treatment rates be increased in the future? Probably when and how the increase is decided?

Targets will be reviewed in 2008 when it is expected that product reuse targets will also be introduced.

On the recycle/reuse rates, do the Member States' regulations have clear requirements or definitions on which kinds of materials used in electrical and electronic equipment should be collected/recycled/reused/treated? For examples, glass fibre, plastic cover/case with paint/ink, plastic cover/case with insert screw, ABS+PS, alloy made of several kinds of metals.

There are not expected to be regulations on what materials should be used in WEEE. However the choice of materials can have a large impact on the cost of meeting recovery/recycling targets. In addition to this certain materials such as plastics containing bromated flame retardants will have to be separately treated.

On basis for determining the recycle/reuse rates, would the data provided by producers or the data provided by the local collection and recycling schemes constitute the basis for determination?

This will depend on Member State and how WEEE is transposed in each country

 

 

 


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