WEEE - Commission Recast Proposal for Directive 2002/96/EC

Published: 18 June 2009

Policies & Issues: Environment

COM(2008) 810/4

Orgalime kindly requests the support of European regulators for the following comments and way forward on the Commission’s proposal of 3.12.2008 for amending Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE):

1. Producers of electrical and electronic equipment are committed to the objectives of the WEEE Directive: Producers have taken their responsibility seriously and have driven an effective and efficient implementation of the existing directive in the member states, which we will continue to do. Producers are fully committed to treat 100% of the WEEE that is handed over to them in compliance with the respective provisions of the WEEE Directive.

2. Orgalime acknowledges the Commission’s identified outstanding issues with regards to the management of WEEE, and in particular:

a) To avoid improper treatment of WEEE inside the EU and illegal WEEE shipments outside the EU
b) To reduce administrative burden and costs without lowering environmental protection
c) To better harmonise and clarify the directive, i.e. in the areas of registration, reporting and scope
d) To bring all WEEE collected and treated into the official WEEE reporting scheme
e) To ensure an efficient raw material and resource management

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