UK takes another step backwards on Weee

Industry ministry announces third postponement of plans to implement EU electroscrap law

The UK has announced a further delay in plans to implement the EU Weee directive on electroscrap management. "More time is needed to get the implementation right", the industry ministry said on Thursday.

The ministry had already postponed implementation twice, most recently in August pushing its timetable back to June 2006. It has not set a new deadline, but says it will consult on draft regulations and guidance in the spring.

Britain faces a threat of legal action from the European commission for failing to transpose the Weee directive into national law by 13 August 2004 (EED 11/07/05). It will also now miss by at least a year this August's legal deadline for introducing producer responsibility (EED 17/08/05). As a result the government is having to pay additional costs of local authorities that have begun collecting Weee voluntarily.

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