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Tougher penalties for missing targets part of WEEE debate

Simon Quicke

The European Commission is discussing proposed changes to the WEEE Directive with the potential to make producers responsible for funding waste collection one area being debated.

The recast Directive is due to come into effect in 2016 and the EC will be presented with a report penned by German MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz who has been looking at potential changes.

The proposed shift to get producers of electrical products to pay for the funding of the collection of end of life bits of kit has been tabled as one change that could come into force from 2016.

But there is already resistance to a move that would upset existing systems that have been in place since WEEE came into force in the summer of 2004.

There is more agreement however around the idea of making the penalities for failure to hit target collections stiffer. Florenz is also expected to suggest tightening the screws on those illegally dumping waste outside the EU.

Along with WEEE the directive restricting hazardous substances (RoHS) is also due to be reviewed 
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