Feeds

WEEE directive hits home straight

It might actually happen...

The essential guide to IT transformation

The government says it is at last ready to say when it plans to implement the long-overdue European directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

The directive will now come into force on July 1, 2007, according to energy minister Malcom Wicks, who also set out the final proposals for how the directive will be implemented.

Originally, it was to have become law in the UK in June 2005. In August last year, the latest of many delays saw the implementation date pushed from January 2006 to June 2006. The, in December, the government said it would miss even this deadline, and admitting that even the draft regulations would not be published until the spring of this year.

It feels more like summer to us, but at this stage, it is probably best not to complain. The plans are here, at last, and businesses will have until October 17 to let the government know what they think.

Plans include:

  • A national Distributor Takeback Scheme, with dedicated facilities to which people can take their old kit;
  • Authorised Treatment Facilities, to deal with the recycling, and keep producers up to date with how much of their old products have been returned
  • Accredited reprocessing/recycling facilities who will provide evidence of reprocessing to producers;
  • An end-of-year settlement to ensure producers are able to meet their obligations via an "Exchange system;
  • A voluntary approach for producers to show the cost of handling historical WEEE.

Producers will also have to sign up to approved compliance schemes. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.