Final scope of EU electroscrap laws elusive

Member state officials fail again to agree criteria to decide which equipment falls under Weee and RoHS directives

EU member states have failed again to agree general guidelines for deciding whether many types of electrical and electronic equipment should be governed by the EU's two new laws on electroscrap recycling and manufacture.

A meeting of officials under the Weee directive's technical adaptation committee (Tac) broke up on Wednesday without adopting a draft set of "generic criteria" for determining in borderline cases whether equipment should fall under the law.

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