On 10 April 2002, the European Parliament adopted its opinion on the draft directives on electronic waste and hazardous substances. Contrary to the Council’s recommendation, the MEPs voted for individual producer responsibility and raised the compulsory collection targets.
In its vote on 10 April, the European Parliament confirmed its position from the first reading that each producer individually has to finance the recycling or safe disposal of WEEE. The Council had recommended collective responsibility for the producers. The Parliament’s amendment still allows for Members States that already have collective recycling systems to keep them for a maximum of 10 years.
The Parliament’s opinion differs from the Council’s also on the following points:
- the collection rate target of WEEE should be raised to 6 kilograms per capita, to be achieved by 31 December 2005 (the Council suggested 4 kilograms in 36 months);
- producers must provide financial guarantees for future disposal, to avoid irresponsible “free-rider” behaviour;
- for historical waste, the Parliament suggests that for products put on the market before the legislation enters into force, the producers should share the costs according to market share by type of equipment;
- small producers (turnover of less than 2m euros and fewer than 10 employees) should not be excluded from the directive, as suggested by the Council;
- the recovery rate of large household appliances should be raised to 90% (the Council suggested 80%)
With respect to the ROHS directive, the Parliament voted for the ban of all substances to come into force on 1 January 2006.