Portugal pre-empts EU waste electronics rules

Government approves law introducing producer responsibility, tax on new equipment

The Portuguese government yesterday pre-empted EU legislation by approving a law requiring manufacturers and distributors to take responsibility for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

According to the environment ministry's waste institute, the legislation will come into force by next summer. Producers, importers and distributors will be required to pay a tax on each piece of equipment to cover recycling costs and to set up a "Green Dot-type" body to manage collection and recycling.

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