Ministers back distinct scopes for WEEE and RoHS

Two directives dealing with the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment and the toxic substances they contain – WEEE and RoHS – should have separate scopes, the great majority of EU environment ministers said during a debate in Luxembourg on Wednesday.

The European Commission wants to set the scope for both laws in the RoHS directive as part of a revision. Under existing legislation, WEEE lists the type of products that must comply with the two laws. The commission proposes to move this list to the RoHS law.

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