The EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive requires producers of electronic equipment to take responsibility for product end-of-life by financing collection and recycling. The aim is to stop electrical items being incinerated or landfilled.
In 2012 the EU passed an updated directive, called the WEEE recast, which makes several changes to the original regulations. But because of the EU’s process of transposing bloc-wide directives into national law, many of the changes have yet to be felt. Howard Stimpson explains what manufacturers and other companies should be looking out for.