ECJ clarifies definition of waste electrical equipment

The European Court of Justice has ruled that malfunctioning electrical products should be considered waste under the EU’s waste shipments regulation unless it can be shown that their reuse is certain

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that malfunctioning electrical products should be considered waste under the EU’s waste shipments regulation unless it can be shown that their reuse is certain. 

Considering the case of a Dutch electronics wholesaler, the court attempted to clarify ambiguity surrounding how the regulation governed defective electrical equipment intended to be sold on and repaired.

Tronex, the company in question, had been caught by the Dutch authorities trying to export a consignment of electronic products to Tanzania without a notification, as required under EU law. 

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