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WEEE Revisions close to being implemented.

by on Oct.25, 2010, under Asia Business, China Manufacturing Blog, General News

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On September 8, 2010 the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee (Committee for the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety) released its final report on changes that it wished to see in the recast of the Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Two recommendations that will affect manufacturers are that the WEEE directive should now apply to all electrical and electronic devices that are not expressly excluded. Since the exclusions are only for large immobile plant based systems or large commercial installations, this directive will now cover almost every consumer item and household device on the market today.

The second item that affects us is that the directive requires that all municipalities will endeavor to recoup the costs of separating this waste from normal household waste, managing and disposing of it in the appropriate manner, from the polluters. In this case the polluters are defined as the manufacturers, importers, and retailers, not the end-user. Thus we can see that some sort of duty or fee will be levied on almost all consumer/ household devices in the near future.

Considering the tough markets that we are in at the moment, we must now take into account a possible increase in the costs of goods and what that will mean to volumes and market share in the European Union.

Author M. Charlin

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