Coherence please! That’s what WEEE want…

Late yesterday evening, the Environment Council adopted the political agreement in the latest stage of the recast of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE). Orgalime and the industries it represents note that a more commonsense approach to the recast scope has prevailed for the short term. The Hungarian Presidency and Council members arrived at a delicately balanced agreement to maintain the closed scope for a six year period, to allow for an impact assessment to be carried out to judge whether the scope needs amending and whether the suggested reshuffle of scope categories which industry sees as just burdensome makes sense. Said Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime “There has been intense dialogue between the stakeholders concerned and, indeed, we said on the occasion of the European Parliament plenary vote at the beginning of February, that we were unsure if the glass was half full or half empty. Now, the issue for European engineering is to arrive at something which is manageable by our industry and takes into account the considerable investment that our companies have made into compliance with the existing WEEE Directive. In addition the focus of the parties concerned, to end up with a set of rules that are enforceable is also encouraging, although this aspect still needs working on in the area of scope, collection rate, registration and producer definition”.

14 March, 2011
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