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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Directive 2012/19/EU on waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is aimed at improving the collection and recycling of the said waste. The objective of this Directive is to protect the environment and public health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of WEEE and by reducing overall impacts of resource use thus contributing to sustainable development.
EU Legislation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
“Cycles with pedal assistance which are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor having a maximum continuous rated power of 0.25 kW, of which the output is progressively reduced and finally cut off as the vehicle reaches a speed of 25 km/h, or sooner, if the cyclist stops pedalling” are explicitly included in the scope of this new Directive, which the member states must apply before 15 February 2014.
As a result of this Directive, private EEE users should have the possibility of returning WEEE free of charge to the distributor. When supplying a new product, distributors must accept to take back such waste at least free of charge on a one-to-one basis as long as the equipment is of equivalent type and has fulfilled the same functions as the supplied equipment.
The producers are responsible for taking back the WEEE from the distributors. For that purpose they should be able to choose to fulfil this obligation either individually or by joining a collective scheme.
‘Producer’ means any natural or legal person who, irrespective of the selling technique used, including distance communication is:
Producers or their authorised representative, including those supplying EEE by means of distance selling, must be registered in every member state that they sell to. This registration is different form the registration relating to the Battery Directive.
For that registration, the producer has to provide, next to general administrative details, the following information:
Each Member State shall ensure the implementation of the ‘producer responsibility’ principle and, on that basis, that a minimum collection rate is achieved annually. From 2016, the minimum collection rate shall be 45 % calculated on the basis of the total weight of WEEE collected in a given year in the Member State concerned, expressed as a percentage of the average weight of EEE placed on the market in the three preceding years in that Member State. Member States shall ensure that the volume of WEEE collected evolves gradually during the period from 2016 to 2019.
For each WEEE category, the Directive sets out minimum recovery targets. However, the Commission still needs to clarify under which product category pedelecs fall.