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EU solicits opinions on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE)



EU solicits opinions on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE)

The European Commission has initiated a public consultation to gather feedback on the progress of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE). Electrical product sellers can submit feedback to the European Commission before September 22, 2023.

The European Commission has announced that it will evaluate the progress of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The European Commission is soliciting whether this law has achieved its goals and to what extent the directive supports the environmentally sound management of circular economy and waste electronic and electrical equipment.


The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive was first proposed in 2002, aiming to prevent or reduce the adverse effects of waste electronic and electrical equipment on the environment and human health. Subsequently, the European Commission comprehensively revised the directive in 2012. This directive sets strict collection and recycling/recycling targets.


Waste electronic and electrical equipment is one of the fastest growing waste logistics in the European Union, and if not properly treated, it can become hazardous waste. In addition, discarded electrical and electronic equipment contains precious and critical raw materials, and recycling these raw materials is crucial for achieving a more circular economy. It is expected that consumer growth and technological advancements/digitization will bring challenges in the coming years. The evaluation of the WEEE Directive not only needs to provide evidence of whether the Directive is still applicable, but also explores any potential for simplification and burden reduction that has not yet been developed, and helps determine whether a review is needed - ultimately developing new rules.


The evaluation will evaluate five evaluation criteria related to the WEEE directive: effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, consistency, and EU added value. The evaluation will pay special attention to areas where special challenges are encountered during the implementation process, such as achieving WEEE collection goals, ensuring appropriate disposal of waste electronic and electrical equipment, applying "extended producer responsibility" requirements (especially online sales), and combating illegal activities and non-standard practices throughout the entire WEEE management process.


Similarly, the assessment will consider and collect evidence on all relevant laws related to the generation and management of waste electronic and electrical equipment (such as legal coherence and consistency with relevant legislation), environmental, economic, social, employment, health, and technological aspects, as well as development. The period covered by the evaluation will start from the effective date of the current Directive 2012/19/EU (i.e. August 13, 2012).


The deadline for submitting opinions is September 22, 2023.


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