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WEEE is put back to 2006

01 April, 2005

WEEE is put back to 2006

As expected, the Government has decided to delay the implementation of the EU`s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive from August this year, until January 2006.

The Government says that, like other EU member states, it "has encountered major practical difficulties in meeting the directive`s legal deadline for implementation of 13 August, 2005". It adds that it plans to consult shortly on draft regulations on the granting of permits for WEEE treatment facilities.

The DTI has also confirmed its proposed approach for implementing the directives obligations for non-domestic, business-to-business sales, as set out in its consultation last autumn. It plans to convene a "stakeholder taskforce" to consider the practical details of this area, which includes industrial equipment such as drives.

Repic, the non-profit recycling body set up by 45 electrical goods producers in the UK, has welcomed the move, saying that it will allow time for all of the parties involved - including producers, suppliers and local authorities - to agree on how to implement the directive effectively.

"There are a number of important issues that still need to be resolved," says Repic`s chief executive, Dr Philip Morton. "Premature implementation of the directive would have led to higher costs for consumers and put UK jobs at risk."

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