08 January 2014

New interim guidance published on waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations

Businesses involved in the sale, purchase and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) will welcome new, interim government guidance designed to help them comply with their obligations under proposed new WEEE rules.

The guidance WEEE regulations 2013: Government guidance notes is intended primarily for businesses, public and third sector organisations and individuals involved in the sale, purchase and disposal of WEEE. It contains specific chapters for each group and applies from 1 January 2014.

A draft of the new WEEE rules (published on 11 October 2013 and also due to come into force on 1 January 2014) will introduce an initial collection target of 45% of electronic equipment sold from 2016, rising to 65% of equipment sold or 85% of waste generated from 2019. From 2018, the rules will apply to all types of electronic waste by ending many exemptions for old or difficult-to-collect items.

The interim guidance is intended to be read in conjunction with the European Commission document Frequently Asked Questions on Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ('new WEEE Directive'). These FAQs are currently being reviewed and the interim guidance will be updated yet again once the FAQs are updated.

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For more information please contact Lyn Dario at Shulmans on 0113 297 3779 or at ldario@shulmans.co.uk.