Plans for "orphan" electroscrap spark ire

Producers blast MEPs' acceptance of provisions for treating untraceable waste

Electronics makers have slammed a decision by the European Parliament's environment committee today to oblige industry, under draft EU electroscrap recycling legislation, to shoulder collectively the treatment costs of untraceable "orphan" product waste.

In their first reading of the WEEE directive, EU governments have already pushed for this approach. The committee's vote makes it much more likely that the full parliament will also back it at second reading next month (EED 07/06/01). Opponents argue that the clause will actually encourage companies to cheat, creating more orphan waste.

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