French agreement on electronics recycling

Retailers, manufacturers, local governments, sign consumer electroscrap collection accord

A plan for collection and recycling for end-of-life consumer electrical and electronic products in France has been signed by the national association of mayors and three trade associations representing manufacturers and retailers. The accord is designed to anticipate requirements set to be introduced under the draft EU waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive, which will eventually require producers to pay for the collection and recycling of most types of electroscrap (ENDS Daily 27 May 1999).

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.

Follow Up:
Screlec, tel: +33 1 56 28 92 51; European Federation of Electronic Retailers, tel: +32 2 238 0714.

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