European Parliament adopts in first reading several amendments to Commission proposals dealing with electrical and electronic waste
The Parliament adopted the following main amendments to the Commission proposals:
– on the WEEE Directive:
- A target of 6 kg per head per year to be collected separately (Commission proposed 4 kg)
- Disposal of products in existence before the entry into force of the directive (“historical waste”) should be financed collectively by all producers in proportion to their share of the market. Producers will be allowed to label the costs for the disposal of historic products for 10 years (visible fee).
- System for the collection of WEEE and financing to be set up within 30 months of the entry into force of the directive (Commission proposed 5 years)
- Tougher recovery targets by 2005 for large household appliances such as washing machines or fridges
- Change in categories covered: leisure and sports equipment added to toys category. Lighting equipment removed from the directive’s scope.
– On the ROHS Directive:
- Ban on dangerous substances to come into force not in 2008 but in 2006.
- Review of the directive by 2003. Commission to come forward with proposals for substituting brominated flame retardants.
- Penalties if the provisions of the directive are breached