Potocnik slams Council deal on WEEE directive

Environment ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday agreed a plan that would delay a new 65% collection target for electronic waste (WEEE) until 2020, despite being told by environment commissioner Janez Potocnik that the plan lacks ambition.

Ministers backed a Hungarian presidency compromise target of 65% collection for recycling of all WEEE by weight for 2020, four years later than proposed by the commission and parliament. Mr Potocnik said this would send the wrong environmental and economic message. Ministers agreed an interim target of 45% collection from 2016.

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