UK announces imminent WEEE implementation

EU electroscrap directive set to be transposed by January; compliance deadline is July 2007

The British government has published regulations implementing the EU’s electroscrap – or WEEE - directive into national law. The rules are expected to gain parliamentary approval this month and enter force on 1 January. The UK is the last EU member state to transpose the directive, which was adopted in 2002. The new rules will establish a national distributor take-back scheme with a network of designated collection facilities, in line with proposals circulated in the summer (EED 26/07/06). Producers of electrical goods will have to comply from July 2007. See UK government press release.

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