Under the French agreement, Screlec, an existing organisation funded by manufacturers to collect and recycle used batteries, will have its remit broadened.
A spokesperson for the European Federation of Electronic Retailers (EFER) told ENDS Daily that retailers were working on draft plans for WEEE collection in most EU countries. Netherlands is the only EU country which already has nation-wide takeback and recycling of large and small consumer electroscrap, said the spokesperson, with takeback of small consumer electronics introduced at the beginning of this year. Germany and Italy are working towards similar schemes for used consumer goods and a Belgian scheme should be in place from 1 July 2001, he added.
Screlec, tel: +33 1 56 28 92 51; European Federation of Electronic Retailers, tel: +32 2 238 0714.
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